OLYMPIA, WA (KPTV) – Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Thursday multiple new incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Washington State Lottery will be conducting a “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across the state to offer different prizes to vaccinated individuals.
Those eligible can win up to a million dollars. There will also be multiple drawings of $250,000, college tuition and expense assistance, sports tickets and gear, gift cards, airline tickets, game systems and smart speakers.
“These generous programs will encourage more Washingtonians to take this life-saving vaccine,” said Gov. Inslee. “I hope people will see this as an opportunity to reopen even sooner than June 30 if we can stay motivated, stay informed and get more people vaccinated faster throughout the month of June.”
According to the most recent data from the Washington Department of Health (DOH), approximately 63% of Washingtonians 16 years and older have started their vaccinations. Washington is set to reopen fully on June 30, or when the percentage of eligible adults who have initiated vaccination reaches 70%, whichever comes first.
Washington joins other states that have started a vaccine lottery incentive program including Oregon that announced their vaccine program in May.
Learn more about the "Shot of a Lifetime" initiative and prizes here.