COVID Vaccine Lottery in Washington

Dwight Benedict

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With luck, your COVID-19 immunization is going to pay off in ways you did not expect.

The first winners in the state lottery for citizens who have rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccination, whether one dosage of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson, will be picked on Tuesday.

The top reward this week is $250,000, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Gov. Jay Inslee introduced the initiative last week. It is meant to persuade those who have not yet been vaccinated to be vaccinated and help the state reach its objective of having at least 70% of inhabitants 16 and older immunized. If that threshold is reached, a statewide reopening might occur before the official reopening date of June 30.

What you need to know about the vaccination lottery, including who is eligible, the rewards, and how winners are chosen, is provided below.

Legibility Factors

Anyone who has been vaccinated and whose vaccination provider has submitted the recipient's information into the Washington Immunization Information System by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday preceding the Tuesday draws is eligible.

The state lottery and the state Department of Health have stated that they are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in immunization records, a problem that occurred late last week.

On Friday, complaints about sessions time out, missing records, and sluggishness on wa.myir.net and MyIRmobile.com, the two sites where the public may obtain immunization records, erupted on social media.

The vendor-operated MyIR websites are independent of the state's WA IIS database; vendor sites import immunization data from the state. However, according to state officials, lottery winners will be drawn from the state's database.

To collect a reward, the state requires proof of current Washington residencies, such as a valid Washington driver's license, identity card, or other forms of government-issued identification. According to the state, incarcerated persons are disqualified since they are "committed to complete confinement in any state, federal, municipal, or county correctional institution or facility on the date the individual is originally contacted."

Drawing Schedule and Prizes

Every Tuesday in June, the draws will take place. The drawing for the $1 million bighit prize will take place on July 13.

In addition to the $250,000 prize pool, retail rewards such as Xboxes and tickets to sporting events will be given for anybody 18 and older who are immunized.

Vaccinated Washingtonians aged 12 to 17 can receive Guaranteed Education Tuition credits for college on June 15 and June 22.

Those who have been immunized can also win:

  • 2 complimentary Alaska Airlines tickets
  • 4 Seattle Mariners game tickets and one full suite reward
  • 4 Seattle Sounders game tickets in August, with two autographed jerseys
  • 10 Seattle Storm game tickets
  • 4 club-level tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game, as well as parking passes
  • 4 OL Reign season tickets for 2021, including a team-signed jersey
  • 100 Echo Dots, 100 Nintendo Switches, and 25 Google Nests

The state will also give $1 million to Washington's four-year universities and two-year community and technical institutions to conduct their own tuition and book aid lotteries.

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Picking the Winners

DOH will give a number to those who are eligible. Then, lottery officials will use the agency's random number-generation method to draw numbers.

Each number will be shared with the health department and matched with the identity of the recipient, who will then be contacted by the Washington Lottery on how to claim the prize. The winners of the cash prizes will be informed the day after the drawing.

As with all of the state lottery games, winners will be asked if they want their names and addresses made public. The winners' first names and first initials of their last names will be posted on the lottery's website at the very least.

The entire identities of the winners, who must respond within 72 hours, will only be shared with the lottery.

If a winner does not answer within a reasonable period, the reward is awarded to an alternate winner. No one can win more than one cash reward; however, they can win a non-cash award.

Last week, Dan Miller, a representative for the Washington Lottery, told The Seattle Times that winners would be reached by phone or using the information on file in the state's vaccination records system. If a winner fails to receive the call, the official will leave a voicemail identifying themselves and providing a specific message on what day and time the winner must return the call.

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