On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an all-new incentive for citizens to get vaccinated. The newly unveiled “Vax & Scratch” pilot program, will essentially allow those who get vaccinated to receive a $20 lottery ticket for the $5 million Mega Multiplier Lottery.
Announcing the initiative, Cuomo said, “The chances of winning something in this program is one in nine.” As it stands, the “Vax & Scratch” pilot has a first prize of $5 million, but a number of prices that go down to $20. The pilot will kick off next Monday, May 24, and run through Friday, May 28. Those who receive a COVID vaccine in one of the 10 mass state-run vaccination sites will receive a ticket.
The ticket giveaway program is being offered at 10 mass vaccination sites open for both walk-ins and appointments in regions across the state, including in New York City, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York.
During the announcement, Cuomo said 63% of adult New Yorkers and 51% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 54% of adult New Yorkers and 43% of all New Yorkers now fully vaccinated.