They say money is a motivator, and this is proving to be true in Washington State. Since the state launched its “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccine promotion, residents have been lining up to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who gets the vaccine is automatically registered for the lottery.
Reporting in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, KXLY reports that “the Institute for Disease Modeling shows the vaccine lottery has led to a 24 percent increase in vaccination rates across all ages in Washington. On his official Twitter profile, Gov. Jay Inslee posted that “nearly 30,000 more people [have protected] themselves and their communities” against the coronavirus.
The good news is that the $1 million grand prize winner has been selected and presumably contacted by telephone, at the time of this writing. The winner has 72 hours to respond before an alternate winner is selected. Inslee has previously awarded $250,000 to a Spokane-based nursing student, a Yakima resident, and a Walla Walla employee.
Hundreds of additional prizes have been given out to vaccine recipients of all ages across the state and the list of prizes is extensive. In addition to cash, one pair of Club Level Seattle Seahawks tickets with a parking pass, Microsoft Xboxes, Discover Passes, Seattle Storm, Reign and Mariners tickets and camping gift cards are among the bevy of prizes up for grabs.
The state is also holding a special lottery for enlisted military personnel and veterans. Current and retired military personnel who get the COVID vaccine through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs can register to win prizes on the Washington State Coronavirus Response website. This is different from civilians who are automatically registered by the organization where they get the vaccine. Prize drawings of military and veterans will be held daily between July 27 and August 3.
Washington state officially reopened for business on June 30. The state is just shy of reaching its COVID vaccination goal.
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