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Massachusetts Launches Vaccine Lottery, Offers $1 Million Prizes

Gov. Charlie Baker announces the end of the state of emergency and the VaxMillions program on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker announces the end of the state of emergency and the VaxMillions program on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Starting today, Massachusetts residents who get fully vaccinated can register for a chance to a win $1 million or a college scholarship.

Those 18 and older will be eligible for one of five $1 million cash prizes. Those between 12 and 17 who have been vaccinated are eligible for college scholarships of $300,000.

Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced the lottery, called VaxMillions, in an effort to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. While roughly 60% of residents have been vaccinated in Massachusetts — more than most states — the pace of vaccinations has slowed.

Other states that have launched similar programs, like Ohio, reported a significant increase in vaccine sign-ups after they put the program in place.

The first drawing will be held July 26th. Those who are not fully vaccinated by the first drawing will be eligible for subsequent drawings if they get their shots.

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