On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $5 million lottery prize for New Yorkers who get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses next week. From May 24 to May 28, the Vax & Scratch initiative provides free state lottery scratch-off tickets to New Yorkers aged 18 and over who receive a first shot of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It was declared a week after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his “Vax-a-Million” initiative, which would award a $1 million reward per week for five weeks in a lottery to residents aged 18 and up who had received at least one coronavirus immunization. Cuomo reported that 63 % of New Yorkers and 51 % of all New Yorkers had received at least one dosage of vaccination, with 54 % New Yorkers and 43% of all New Yorkers now absolutely vaccinated.
The ticket lottery service is available at 10 mass vaccine locations throughout the state, including New York City, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York. The first winner will be declared on May 26, and subsequent winners will be announced every Wednesday until June 23. The scratch-off lottery tickets used in the sale are usually sold for $20, and participants will win anywhere from $20 to $5 million.
New Yorkers can register their complaints by calling 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov in case of any suspection regarding fraud in the vaccine distribution process.