Coronavirus: VaxCash to offer vaccinated Maryland residents lottery prizes up to $400K

Maryland residents will soon have as many as 400,000 new incentives to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that beginning Tuesday, the Maryland Lottery will operate a daily drawing of $40,000 to be awarded to a vaccinated resident, WJLA reported.

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The $2 million, 40-day VaxCash initiative is part of a major push to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Marylanders, culminating with a $400,000 drawing on the Fourth of July, NBC4 reported.

All Marylanders 18 or older who have received at least one vaccine dose, including those who are already fully vaccinated, are automatically entered in the drawings, WJLA reported.

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Hogan said the funds for the vaccine-incentive drawings have been taken from the Maryland Lottery’s marketing budget, NBC4 reported.

“All you have to do to enter is get your shot,” Hogan said. “Please get vaccinated, so we can all return to our normal lives.”

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