An increasing number of states are offering a vaccine lottery with cash prizes and other incentives for getting a COVID shot. Companies are also getting in on the act with a variety of great vaccine rewards.
The states currently offering a vaccine lottery or other incentives to get your jab include:
- New Mexico
- New York
- West Virginia
Other states are also considering offering their own lotteries, so if your state doesn't appear on the list above, it might soon as this page is updated with the latest information on vaccine-related promotions across the country.
For details of changes state lotteries have made during the pandemic, including how to claim prizes, see the Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
Corporate Vaccine Prizes
In addition to the state lotteries, companies are also stepping up to give Americans some nice incentives to get vaccinated:
- CVS: Get your vaccine at CVS Pharmacy by July 10 for the chance to win one of over 1,000 prizes, including free vacations, gift cards, or a trip to the Super Bowl. Visit the #OneStepCloser Sweepstakes page to enter.
- Kroger: Five people who received their vaccine from Kroger Health have a shot at winning $1 million each, and 50 more will receive one year of free groceries - 10 winners will be announced weekly for five weeks starting June 3. Go to the Kroger Community Immunity website to sign up
- United Airlines: Five grand prize winners, drawn on July 1, will score a year of free travel worldwide for themselves and a companion. 30 more winners will also be selected every Friday in June to receive a roundtrip flight for two to any United destination. See the Your Shot to Fly sweepstakes website for more information
However, Uncle Sam will still want his cut of any winnings. "Any prize in excess of $600 will require tax reporting on a 10-99," cautioned tax expert Bob Salyer of Northern Kentucky University.
Arkansas residents who receive their vaccination on or after May 25 can choose between a free $20 scratch-off ticket for the $1 Million Spectacular game or a $20 gift certificate for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission for fishing or hunting licenses.
The Arkansas Department of Health has purchased 50,000 scratch-off tickets and 50,000 gift certificates at a cost of $2 million.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson is hoping the freebies will boost the state's flagging vaccination rates, which are among the worst nationwide - around 39% of residents have received at least one jab.
The Golden State is living up to its name with the biggest vaccine lottery prize pool in the nation: $116.5 million, which includes 10 prizes of $1.5 million each.
"We’re putting aside more resources than any other state in America, and we’re making available the largest prizes of any state in America for those that seek to get vaccinated," Gov. Gavin Newsom stated.
He's hoping the Vax for the Win program will incentivize about 12 million Californians who have not yet taken up the offer of innoculation as the state prepares to lift all restrictions in June. Those who have already had at least one shot are also eligible to win.
Prizes include $50 gift cards for the next 2 million residents who get vaccinated, a target Newsom aspires to hit by June 15.
Visit Vax for the Win for more information.
Five Coloradans will receive $1 million each and 25 teenagers will get $50,000 for college in the Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine lottery. Drawings will be held on June 4, 11, 18, 25, and July 7, 2021.
One $1 million winner and five student scholarship recipients will be randomly selected in each draw. Winners will be announced on the same day as the drawing.
There is no entry or registration required - simply get vaccinated for your chance to win.
Colorado residents age 18 and above who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine are eligible for the $1 million prize.
Coloradans age 12-17 who have had at least one vaccination qualify for a chance to win $50,000 for post-secondary education. The award will be deposited in a CollegeInvest account to be used for college or technical education.
Residents who were vaccinated out-of-state may still be eligible if they submit their vaccination details to the state.
"The $50,000 in the CollegeInvest account — that will grow by the time they go to college. So, for a 13-14 year old, $50,000 will be $60,000, $65,000 or $70,000 by the time they go to school," Gov. Jared Polis said.
Your information must be in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) by 11:59:59 MDT on the Tuesday night prior to the drawing.
It may take several days for your details to be entered into the system, so it's a good idea to get your shot well beforehand. The final date to qualify is June 30.
If you don't see your records in the portal, you should contact your vaccine provider; it's likely there was a mistake in entering your details.
You can find more information on the Colorado Comeback Cash website.
Delaware is offering $5,000 cash giveaways and other prizes to residents age 12 and above who have already received their shot, or do so by June 29. The Delaware Lottery is holding drawings twice a week, every Monday and Friday through June 30.
Additional incentives include a scholarship to an in-state public university, a four-day getaway, free entry to state parks, and tickets to the Firefly Music Festival and baseball games. The state will also pay back small businesses that give customers vaccine incentives.
Check out the DEWins! site for details of the promotion.
Gov. Laura Kelly is looking at various incentives to boost the state's innoculation rates, including potentially a lottery. "We think it’s really important for us to get creative and use incentives,"" said Dr. Marci Nielsen, the state’s Chief Advisor for Vaccine Distribution.
In the latest initiative, the Applebee's restaurant in Great Bend will offer festival-goers free meals if they wish to learn more about vaccination or have had their shot.
Discounts for students at Great Bend's Barton Community College are also being implemented.
A recent "Race to End COVID-19" promotion offered those who got a shot or test entry into a raffle for NASCAR tickets and two "victory laps" at the Kansas Speedway.
Currently, half of Kansan adults have received both vaccine shots.
Under Gov. Larry Hogan's program, the state is holding 40 lottery draws daily, each with the chance to win $40,000, from May 25 to July 3. And FYI, lottery winners can stay anonymous in Maryland. The state is spending $2 million in all, with the grand finale a drawing for $400,000 on the Fourth of July.
"Anyone 18 and older who’s already been vaccinated for COVID-19 in the state of Maryland at any time is also eligible for these prizes and will automatically be entered to win," Hogan said.
Maryland is taking a high-tech approach to its lottery, with a software program randomly choosing a number from a pool of vaccine recipients provided by the state health department. Maryland residents 18 and above who have had at least one vaccine dose in the state may participate.
Find out more on the VaxCash page.
Gov. Tim Walz recently announced the "Your Shot to Summer" program, which offers giveaways to the first 100,000 Minnesotans age 12 or above who receive their first vaccine dose from May 27 through June 30, 2021. Rewards include free entry to the State Fair and other entertainment venues, a $25 Visa card, fishing licenses, and baseball tickets.
The state's goal is to get 70% of residents age 16 and older their shots by July 1. As of June 3, 64.7% of Minnesotans 16 and above have gotten at least one of their jabs.
Submit your vaccination details and choose your rewards on the Your Shot to Summer website. The deadline to sign up is June 30 at 11:59 PM.
New Mexico is offering vaccine incentives to the tune of $10 million in prize money, free vacations, state parks entry and more in partnership with the NM Lottery, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced.
Five weekly drawings will be held starting the second week of June. In each drawing, four lucky winners, one from each of the state's public health regions, will be randomly chosen to take home $250,000 apiece.
Additionally, a grand prize of $5 million will be drawn as the sweepstakes finale in early August.
"Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do - for yourself, for your family and for your state," the governor said. "I’m excited to add a little fun to our nation-leading vaccination push. New Mexicans have sacrificed a lot over the last year. Now anyone who has stepped up to get their shots will have a chance to win some excellent prizes - please encourage your friends and neighbors to opt in for their chance to win big and to sign up for their shots as soon as possible!"
New Mexico residents who have received their vaccinations are eligible for a chance to win - head to the Vax 2 the Max website to enter.
The Empire State is holding weekly drawings for 50 full-ride college scholarships for children age 12 to 17; 10 winners will be randomly chosen every Wednesday. Kids who have received at least one vaccine shot since May 12 may be entered by a parent or guardian.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also extended the pilot program for free lottery scratch-off tickets until Friday June 11. Residents 18 and above can receive tickets with prizes of up to $5 million at select vaccination sites, with a 1 in 9 chance of winning at least $20.
No entry is required to receive a free lottery ticket; simply get your vaccine at one of the participating sites, which are open to walk-ins as well as by appointment:
Queensbury Aviation Mall - Sears
578 Aviation Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
Rochester Dome Arena
2695 East Henrietta Rd
Henrietta, NY 14467
Jones Beach - Field 3
1 Ocean Pkwy
Wantagh, NY 11793
Suffolk CCC - Brentwood
1001 Crooked Hill Rd
Brentwood, NY 11717
9 East Conkling Ave
Middletown, NY 10940
249 Libertyville Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Bay Eden Senior Center
1220 East 229th St
Bronx, NY 10466
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13676
University at Buffalo South Campus
3435 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214
The Buckeye State's Vax-a-Million lottery kicked off with the first of five drawings on May 26, 2021. The last drawing will be held June 21. In each drawing, one lucky Ohioan who has received both coronavirus vaccine shots will win $1 million, and one young participant will win a full scholarship to an Ohio college or university.
In the May 26 draw, Abbigail Bugenske took home the $1 million prize, and Joseph Costello won the scholarship. On June 2, Jonathan Carlyle was the lucky winner of $1 million, while Zoie Vincent scored the scholarship.
You must be an Ohio resident and US citizen to enter Vax-a-Million.
To be eligible for the $1 million prize, participants must be Ohio residents age 18 and over and have received at least their first Covid-19 vaccination. Winners are responsible for taxes on their prize.
Ohioans age 12-17 who have received at least one dose of vaccine can enter to win a full four-year scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, and books at any in-state school.
Registration online or by phone is required to take part and the participant will need to disclose information including name and address and where they received the vaccination. To enter, sign up online on the Vax-a-Million website or call 1-833-427-5634 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM EDT, seven days a week.
One entry is allowed per person, and each entry is good for all draws, or until you win.
Here's a breakdown of Ohio's lottery entry dates, drawing dates and when the winners will be announced:
|Enter By||Draw Date||Winners Announced*|
|June 6 at 11:59:59 PM EDT||June 7||June 9|
|June 13 at 11:59:59 PM EDT||June 14||June 16|
|June 20 at 11:59:59 PM EDT||June 21||June 23|
*Winners will be announced online and via local TV stations statewide at approximately 7:29 PM. If you've won, you'll be contacted using the information you provided on your entry.
Oregon hopes to give its vaccination rates a shot in the arm with a $1 million lottery. Those who get at least one jab by June 27 are automatically entered via the state's vaccine database.
Check out the Take Your Shot, Oregon page to learn more.
Only half of Oregonians residents have had at least one dose, and Gov. Kate Brown wants get 70% of adults innoculated to allow the state to reopen. "It's never been easier to get a vaccine, so don't miss your shot to enter," she said. Undocumented migrants are also eligible to win.
Washington State residents age 18 and above who have been vaccinated are automatically entered in the "Shot of a Lifetime" promotion, offering a top prize of $1 million. A winner will be randomly drawn on July 13.
The state, in partnership with the Washington Lottery, is also holding four drawings for the chance to win $250,000 every week over five weeks.
For kids age 12-17 who have received a shot, 100 Washington G.E.T. units are available to be won, with 15 winners drawn on June 15 and 22.
- Drawing 1: June 8 $250K winner contacted June 9. Merchandise winners contacted June 9-11
- Drawing 2: June 15. $250K winner contacted June 16. Merchandise winners contacted June 16-18
- Drawing 3: June 22. $250K winner contacted June 23. Merchandise winners contacted June 23-25
- Drawing 4: June 29. $250K winner contacted June 30. Merchandise winners contacted June 30-July 2
- Drawing 5: July 13. One winner of $1 million contacted July 14
Residents are automatically entered in the draws if they are in the Department of Health's Vaccine Database. For more details of the sweepstakes, visit the Shot of a Lifetime page.
Gov. Jim Justice announced that all residents who have received a vaccine dose can enter a lottery with prizes including a college scholarship, a truck, and cash payouts.
Although the state had high vaccination rates in the early days of the program, takeup has since declined, a trend the lottery aims to reverse.
"We're going to do exactly what Ohio has already done, but we're going to make a few West Virginians millionaires before this is over," Justice stated.
The lottery is named for Justice's beloved bulldog, Babydog. Go to the Do it for Babydog site to register.