Gov. Kate Brown announced her “Take Your Shot Oregon” campaign Friday, offering residents the chance to win cash and scholarships in exchange for getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here’s everything you need to know:
How do people enter the lottery?
Everyone age 12 and older who already has received or gets at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine by June 27 will be automatically entered.
How many prizes are there?
There will be one $1 million winner; 36 $10,000 winners (one in each county), and five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan education scholarship winners.
When is the drawing?
The drawing will be held on June 28 and winners will be announced the following week.
Is anyone not eligible?
Employees and family members of the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Governor’s Office, the Oregon Treasurer’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority are ineligible.
What about people who don’t get vaccinated for health or religious reasons?
They are not eligible for the lottery.
Will winners’ names be public?
Yes, Oregon law requires lottery winners’ names to be made public. Winners can decline their prize if they don’t want their name released.
Who is doing the drawings?
The Oregon Health Authority will use the state’s vaccine database to assign a number to each person who has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. The Oregon Lottery will conduct a drawing using those numbers and notify OHA of the winners. OHA will then contact the prize winners.
Where is the prize money coming from?
The money will come from Oregon’s federal Coronavirus Relief Act funds.
Is Oregon the only state holding a vaccination lottery?
No, Ohio, New York and Maryland also have offered residents the chance to win cash or scholarships in exchange for getting a vaccine.
What about taxes?
The prizes are subject to federal and state taxes. The Oregon Department of Revenue will explain the tax implications to winners before they accept the prizes. Those receiving public assistance also may be impacted, officials said.
Do vaccine lotteries work?
Academic research shows that games and variable rewards are more powerful incentives than messaging based on fear or rational arguments about science.
What are the odds of winning?
That will depend upon how many people are vaccinated by June 27. As of Friday, 2,136,133 people had received at least one vaccine dose.
Odds of winning a county-level prize will be much better in counties with smaller populations. For example, in Wheeler County, just 592 people age 16 and older have been vaccinated.
Release by Klamath Public Health