Second NC vaccine lottery drawing happening Wednesday; how is it impacting North Carolina’s numbers?

Piedmont Triad News

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The second Summer Cash drawing is happening on Wednesday, and many people are wondering if the promise of $1 million is driving up demand.

The drawing for the winner will be held at 10 a.m., and the winners will be announced once they’ve been verified.

Entries for drawing closed at midnight Sunday.

Preliminary numbers from last week show a sharp decline in the number of people going to get a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to local providers and NCDHHS data. However, that doesn’t mean the incentives are really for nothing.

“I applaud the efforts of states to do whatever it takes to get people vaccinated,” said Dr. David Priest of Novant Health. “I don’t know if I would say it’s a waste of money. I think if more people get vaccinated because of it, in the long run, it saves the state money because it’s very expensive to deal with a pandemic.”

He goes on to explain that the cost of continuing to deal with a pandemic is likely higher than the amount being given away in prizes.

The drawings will run until Aug. 4. Drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays. New entries will close at midnight on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday drawing.

Four vaccinated North Carolinians ages 18 and older will win $1 million each, and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win up to $125,000 towards tuition for post-secondary education.

Shelly Wyramon of Winston-Salem was the winner of the first $1 million dollar drawing, and 14-year-old Vania Martinez was the winner of the first Cash for College scholarship, totaling $125,000. Martinez said she had just started a summer job to help pay for college.

Anyone who has already received at least one dose of vaccine will receive one entry into the drawing. Anyone who gets vaccinated now, since the announcement of the lottery, will receive two entries.

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