Million Dollar Vax Lottery Offers Prizes for Vaccinated People

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he supported any measure that would boost vaccination rates, saying a high vaccination rate was “our only way out of this” pandemic.

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“It’s great … everything we can do to encourage people,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“I don’t care what motivates you, whether it’s for your health, the health of the people you love, to protect their health system… or to win $1 million. Just go and get vaccinated.”

The US state of Ohio has held raffles offering $1 million ($1.38 million) to people who received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine.

More than 2.7 million Ohioans initially participated, with full scholarships for children ages 12 to 17.

The idea gained traction across the country, as states such as Colorado, Maryland and Oregon offered similar incentives to drive declining vaccination rates.

A health worker at a vaccination center in Whitten Oval on Saturday.Credit:Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

The Australian version of the schedule also offers $1000 weekly draws.

Jack Heath, CEO of Philanthropy Australia, said the campaign was a “joint, targeted intervention that will save lives, ease the burden on health professionals and benefit the wider community”.

Australians aged 18 and over are eligible, including those who have already been fully vaccinated. Winners must be fully vaccinated six weeks after October 31.

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