(WHTM) — More than 126-million Americans are now fully vaccinated, but there is concern the pace is beginning to slow.
The CDC says cases are the lowest they have been in nearly a year. Hoping to keep the trend going, Maryland is giving away 40-thousand-dollars every day for 40 days through “Vax Cash” and Ohio is offering a “Vax-A-Million” lottery to encourage people to get their vaccines.
Maryland’s COVID vaccine lottery began yesterday and already has two winners with the first of the two being from Baltimore. The individual won $40,000.
The Maryland Lottery will draw a name every day for the prize money until July 4. On the final drawing day, there will be a $400,000 grand prize. Winner’s have a week to claim the money.
Any adult fully vaccinated in Maryland is automatically registered in the drawing.
“There’s so much buzz going on about this,” Carole Gentry, Maryland Lottery, said. “Our phones haven’t stopped ringing, we get endless emails, we read about it everywhere. It’s wonderful, it’s a great promotion.”
According to the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated can now ditch face coverings in most cases. To find a nearby vaccine location and schedule an appointment, click here.
“At some point next year, many will need a booster shot. I think it’s very, very unlikely we’ll need it this year,” Ashish Jha, Brown University School of Public Health dean said.
It appears the chance to become wealthy overnight is a good incentive to get vaccinated. Ohio’s “Vax-a-Million” lottery drew its first two winners as of May 27.
One woman won a $1 million and a teenager received a full-ride college scholarship. Since the announcement of this lottery, vaccinations in Ohio have increased 45%.
Four more drawings will take place in Ohio before the end of the lottery.