Missouri launches vaccine lottery to boost shots, offers $10,000 cash prizes

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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the state is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to encourage everyone age 12 and up to get vaccinated.

Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000. The campaign called "MO VIP" will hold its first drawing on Aug. 13.

All Missourians who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are able to enter to win. You can enter at MOStopsCovid.com/win.

There are three groups of eligible winners:
Red - Missourians age 18 and up receiving at least one dose of vaccine after July 21.
White - Missourians age 18 and up receiving at least one dose of vaccine before July 21.
Blue - Missourians ages 12 to 17 receiving at least one dose of vaccine at any time.

Eighty winners will be randomly selected during each drawing from the Red and White categories (10 from each congressional district). These individuals will each receive a cash prize of $10,000. During each drawing, 20 adolescents from the Blue category will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 education savings account through the Missouri State Treasurer’s MOST 529 program. This means every two weeks of the program, 180 Missourians will be winners for a total of 900 individuals. These preliminary winners will all have their vaccination status verified.

"We understand that the some Missourians are hesitant towards getting the vaccine, but we must all take personal responsibility and do right by our own health and that of our friends and family by getting vaccinated," Governor Parson said. "This new program will compliment our existing efforts to educate Missourians about the importance of getting the vaccine. Our current COVID-19 situation is serious. This Delta variant transmits faster than what we have previously seen and is more likely to impact children and the unvaccinated, so now is the perfect opportunity to get vaccinated and earn your shot at $10,000."