‘Vax & Scratch’: NY State plans to give out lottery tickets at COVID-19 vaccination sites

‘Vax & Scratch’: NY State plans to give out lottery tickets at COVID-19 vaccination sites

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Anyone who gets vaccinated at select state-run vaccination sites in New York next week will receive a lottery scratch ticket with prizes potentially worth millions, as the state tries to boost slowing vaccination rates. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the pilot program at 10 state-run sites will offer prizes from $20 up to $5 million and run from Monday, May 24 to Friday, May 28. The governor said there’s a one in nine chance of winning a scratch ticket prize in New York, which is joining states like Ohio that have similar lottery incentives. About 43% of state residents are fully vaccinated.

 

Photo: Wilmer Moro, left, watches as his son Wilmer Moro, 13, poses for a photo with his vaccination sticker after being inoculated with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Mount Sinai South Nassau Vaxmobile parked at the De La Salle School, Friday, May 14, 2021, in Freeport, N.Y. The De La Salle School partnered with the Vaxmobile Friday to help Long Island students 12 and over receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of Mount Sinai South Nassau’s mobile vaccination program. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)