$4M in cash, $500K in scholarships expected to be awarded in NC vaccine lottery


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce a cash drawing for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 in North Carolina – and documents show that more than $4.5 million in prizes will be awarded.

According to the documents, the state is planning on randomly drawing four $1 million winners over the course of eight weeks (one drawing every two weeks). On the same dates as the cash drawings, four more random drawings will take place, each one for a scholarship worth $125,000.

The scholarship prize will be awarded in the form of a 529 tax-advantaged scholarship account in North Carolina’s National College Savings Plan, also known as the NC 529 Plan, according to the documents.

The money can only be used for “expenses related to post-secondary education
that are permitted under” the NC 529 Plan.

The documents show that depending on when a resident gets their first and second vaccine – or when they get the Johnson & Johnson shot – they could be entered into the prize drawings two times.

Those who have already received a vaccine will automatically be entered to win unless they’re part of an excluded group, such as Gov. Cooper and his immediate family and NCDHHS Sec. Dr. Mandy Cohen and her immediate family.

The lottery would follow what states like California, Ohio, and New Mexico are doing.

Vaccinated residents who register on New Mexico’s “Vax 2 the Max” portal can win prizes from a pool totaling $10 million that includes a $5 million grand prize, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced.

Ohio and California are also offering lotteries that have shown some success in boosting vaccination rates. California previously offered the largest single prize of $ 1.5 million from a total lottery pool of $116 million.

Cooper is expected to make the announcement this afternoon. You can watch Cooper’s comments on FOX8 or myfox8.com at 3 p.m.

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