Colorado Gov. Polis announces $1 million vaccine lottery

Coronavirus

DENVER — Colorado will give $1 million to five randomly selected people who have received a COVID vaccine by the end of June, Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday.

Everyone who has received a COVID vaccine in Colorado is automatically entered into the drawing, which is branded “Colorado Comeback Cash.”

Polis said Coloradans must receive at least one dose of the vaccine by June 1 to qualify for the first drawing. The first winner will be announced June 4.

Drawings will be held each week for five weeks. The last day to qualify for a drawing is June 30.

Each random drawing will be based on the vaccine records contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System at 11:59 p.m. the Tuesday night before the drawing. It can take a few days for information to be entered into CIIS, so you should try to get vaccinated as far in advance of the drawing as possible.

The drawing is open to residents age 18 or older at the time of the drawing. Polis said Colorado will soon be announcing a scholarship contest for people ages 12-17 who have gotten vaccinated.

The Colorado Lottery is conducting the drawing in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Prizes are subject to applicable state and federal taxes.

Polis said just over 2.5 million Coloradans have gotten vaccinated so far, making the odds of winning just over 1 in 500,000.

Polis said the prize money is coming from CARES Act funds that would have otherwise been used for advertising and outreach.

“We always look at how we can use the money as best as we can to drive vaccination,” Polis said. “We feel this complements some of the advertising and outreach that we’re doing, and will generate even more interest in the vaccine than if we simply had spent this money on television commercials.”

Several other states, including Ohio and Oregon, are conducting similar lottery programs.

Joining Polis for the announcement were:

  • Mark Ferrandino, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Heather Roth, Immunization Branch Chief, Division of Disease Control & Public Health Response, Colorado Department of Health
  • Jennifer Anderson, Colorado Lottery

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