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Illinois Vaccine Lottery: How to Enter, What to Know Ahead of First $1M Drawing

Illinois' vaccine lottery offers a total of $10 million in prize money to residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19

NBC Chicago

The first drawing of Illinois’ COVID vaccine lottery takes place Thursday, with state officials planning to select via random drawing the winners of one $1 million cash prize and three $150,000 student scholarships.

How can you enter the lottery and how will you find out if you won?

Here’s a look at everything you need to know:

What is the Illinois vaccine lottery?

Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month announced the “All In for the Win” lottery, which will give out $10 million in prize money to residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The prizes will be in the form of $7 million in cash prizes for adults and $3 million in scholarships for youth, all distributed through weekly drawings, Pritzker said.

The Illinois Lottery will draw names each week beginning July 8. The cash prizes will range from $100,000 to $1 million, he said, while children can win a Bright Start college savings plan worth $150,000 apiece.

How do you enter the Illinois vaccine lottery?

Anyone who gets at least one vaccine dose in Illinois is eligible to win, Pritzker said, noting there are “no sign-up, no forms, no waiting in line.”

Anyone who got their first dose before July 1 is eligible for the first drawing on July 8 and every drawing thereafter. If you did not get your

Eligible residents are automatically entered into the lotteries, the state said, noting that the Illinois Department of Public Health will “continue to check their records before each drawing,” so even if you missed the first drawing, you can still enter in later drawings automatically by getting vaccinated.

Once you’re entered by getting at least one vaccine dose in Illinois, you remain eligible for all future drawings unless you win.

When are the Illinois vaccine lottery drawings?

Here’s a full breakdown of the vaccine lottery schedule:

 Cash Prize Draw and Announcement Schedule

Drawing Date Pool Number of Winners Prize Winner Announcement Date*
Thursday, July 8, 2021 State Wide 1 $1,000,000 Friday, July 16, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Restore Illinois Regions 22 $100,000 Friday, August 20, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021 State Wide 3 $100,000 Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021 State Wide 2 $1,000,000 Friday, September 3, 2021

Scholarship Prizes Draw and Announcement Schedule

Drawing Date Pool Number of Winners Prize   Winner Announcement Date*
Thursday, July 8, 2021 State Wide 3 $150,000 Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021 State Wide + Restore Illinois Regions 17 $150,000 Friday, September 3, 2021

State officials say announcements of winners will only include their names if they give permission to share their information.

Drawings will take place in the afternoon, IDPH said, and the counties or cities of the winners will be announced immediately afterwards.

How to find out if you won the Illinois vaccine lottery

“Illinoisans should keep their phones on and check their emails regularly to find out if they’ve won,” IDPH said. State officials will call from 312-814-3524 and/or email from [email protected] to notify winners, per IDPH.

The department said no personal information will be requested in the initial phone or email notification and that winners will have seven days to complete, sign and send the authorization form to IDPH to accept their prize.

The Illinois Lottery will then “guide winners through the claims process” and the winners will be announced eight days after each drawing unless the winner chooses to remain anonymous.

Why did Illinois create a COVID vaccine lottery?

“You did your part already, and this is a way of saying thank you,” Pritzker said when announcing the lottery. “It’s also our way of saying to those who haven’t yet been vaccinated: please join us. Vaccines are incredibly effective. And they keep you protected, but they also make your community safer.”

Pritzker has said that his goal is to get 80 to 85% of eligible residents vaccinated through a variety of incentives, which have so far included things like Six Flags Great America tickets and free trap shooting range plays in the state.

The Illinois plan is similar to ones announced in other states so far. Vaccine-incentive lotteries have already launched in Ohio, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York state and Oregon.

How many people in Illinois have gotten vaccinated?

As of Wednesday, Illinois has administered more than 12 million doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S.

A total of 5,908,736 Illinois residents above the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. That equates to roughly 54.5% of the state’s population over 12.

A total of 7,574,903 Illinois residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. That figure is about 69.9% of the 12+ population.

This article originally appeared on NBC Chicago.

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