CORONAVIRUS, Health, Oregon

State hopes cash and scholarship prizes in lottery for the vaccinated will bring more shots in arms

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The state of Oregon is betting that a new lottery game — with cash prizes of up to $1 million — for those who’ve been vaccinated will pay off for the state’s slowing vaccination rates.

The Oregon Lottery Commission met Friday morning and approved a new lottery game, dubbed “Take Your Shot Oregon,” in an effort to boost Oregon’s vaccination rate, which has fallen sharply. 

Funding for the game, which will cost $1.86 million in total prizes, is drawn from federal Coronavirus Relief Act dollars. The campaign is a collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Lottery, and the Oregon State Treasury.

Any adult who has been vaccinated in Oregon will be eligible to win a cash prize of $1 million — that’s before taxes — with 36 $10,000 prizes for . . .

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New patients only, no cash value, cannot be combined with any other offers