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When Illinois picks first million dollar vaccine lottery winner – NBC Chicago


Illinois “All In for the Win” lottery to award $ 10 million to vaccinated residents in the form of $ 7 million in cash prizes for adults and $ 3 million in scholarships for young people, all distributed through weekly raffles.

The Illinois Lottery will raffle names every week starting July 8, Gov. JB Pritzker said. Cash prizes will range from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million, he said, while kids can win a Bright Start college savings plan worth $ 150,000 each.

In the first draw on July 8, a $ 1 million winner will be chosen from a pool statewide. From July 12 to August 16, three winners of $ 100,000 will be chosen each Monday.

On August 12, 22 regional draw winners will be chosen, two from each of the 11 Restore Illinois regions drawn for a cash prize of $ 100,000.

The grand finale takes place on August 26, when two million dollar cash prizes are chosen from a pool in the state.

Anyone who receives at least one dose of vaccine in Illinois is eligible to win and will be automatically entered, Pritzker said, with no “entry, no form, no queue.”

“You have already done your part, and this is a way of thanking yourself,” Pritzker said. “It’s also our way of telling those who haven’t yet been vaccinated: join us. Vaccines are incredibly effective. And they protect you, but they also make your community safer.”

Vaccinated adults are entered into the $ 7 million prize pool, which includes three $ 1 million jackpots and 40 $ 100,000 cash prizes. You are eligible if you are an Illinois resident 18 years of age or older and have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois other than a federal facility.

Vaccinated youth are enrolled in a $ 3 million scholarship fund, which includes 20 scholarships of $ 150,000. In this case, you are eligible if you are a resident of Illinois between the ages of 12 and 17 and have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in
Illinois other than a federal institution.

The $ 150,000 prize is the equivalent of a full round, Pritzker said, and includes tuition
and room and board, at any four-year public university in Illinois.

The announcement came weeks after Pritzker began to suggest that Illinois was working on a lottery similar to those introduced in other U.S. states to get people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pritzker said in a June 3 interview that funding for the lottery was allocated through state budget appropriations.

“The legislature has given us the opportunity, through our lottery in the state, to be able to offer something,” he said.


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