NY offering unvaccinated chance to win $5 million in exchange for COVID shot

In an effort to encourage more New Yorkers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the state is offering scratch-off lottery tickets and a chance to win $5 million. 

The tickets, which are typically sold for $20 at retailers, will be free. The 'Vax & Scratch' program will run May 24-28 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone over 18 years of age who gets their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at ten designated vaccination sites, see below, is eligible for a ticket. The sites are open to both walk-ins and appointments.

"You get a vaccination and you get a lottery ticket for the $5 million Mega Multiplier New York State Lottery," announced NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "The ‘Vax and Scratch’ ticket has a first place of $5 million, but a number of prizes that go down to $20. The chances of winning something in this program are one in nine that you win something. It is a very exciting lottery."

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8,555, 224 New Yorkers or 53.5% of people 18+ are vaccinated.10,163,248 New Yorkers or 62.6% of those 18+ have had at least one shot.

As of Thursday, the statewide COVID positivity rate was 0.85%, the lowest since Sept. 11. There were 1,490 people hospitalized with the coronavirus. 18 deaths were reported on May 19.

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