$1 Million Vax Campaign Donates $4.1 Million in Lottery

There are now a million new reasons — well, $4.1 million — to roll up your sleeve thanks to the launch of a new sweepstakes Monday.

Australians now really have a million reasons to get vaccinated against the coronavirus — well, $4.1 million to be exact.

Starting Monday, the Million Dollar Vax campaign will give any double-challenged Australian dollar a chance to win $1 million, as well as a chance to win one of $3,100 gift cards that will be awarded daily for the next month.

Based on similar successful lotteries held in the United States, the jackpots and campaign were created by the Million Dollar Vax Alliance.

The coalition describes itself as “a group of philanthropists and companies with the goal of increasing Australian COVID-19 vaccination rates above 80 per cent nationwide as quickly and safely as possible”.

The million dollar prize will be drawn on 5 November with all Australians over the age of 18 who have been fully vaccinated, or will receive both appeals within six weeks of the draw date, eligible to enter.

Craig Winkler of the Million Dollar Vax Alliance stressed that the prize pool was not meant to “convince people to vaccinate” but rather serve as a “reward”.

“(Vaccination) is a decision that you should make in consultation with a health professional,” Winkler, who also co-founded MYOB, said in a statement.

“The promotion is simply meant to reward people who decide to get vaccinated now rather than wait, so we can reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society.”

When asked about the campaign on Sunday, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said it was fantastic.

“I’m not bothered about what motivates you — whether it’s for your health and helping the people you love, to protect our health system and our nurses or to make a million dollars,” he said, according to 9 News.

“Just go get the vaccine.”

It’s not the only incentive for a vaccine to be offered — last month, Deliveroo partnered with Hungry Jacks to offer its customers free large fries with their weekend orders after their state hit 60 percent of the double-sweating stage.

Deliveroo’s head of consumer communications Joe Satri said the food delivery service recognized that “initiating a successful vaccination is critical to getting us back to doing all the things we love”.

Qantas is giving frequent Australian travelers over the age of 18 a special reward through the Qantas app – a choice of 1,000 Qantas Points, 15 status credits or a $20 discount on a Qantas or Jetstar flight.

In addition, members will be automatically entered into a grand prize draw, where 10 winners will receive a year’s worth of flights, accommodation and fuel, including international destinations, when borders open.

At Telstra, from late September, fully vaccinated corporate loyalty program members can earn 2,500 Telstra Plus Points, and then enter the 100 million points prize draw.

Twenty people will get five million points each and up to $3,500 in credit – enough to cover the cost of eligible Telstra services for a year.

For more information about the Million Dollar Vax campaign or to enter, visit here.


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