$5 million in prizes to be distributed to vaccinated Nevadans
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - THURSDAY UPDATE: Nevada will offer $5 million in prizes for people who have been vaccinated, including one person who will win $1 million, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday.
It is part of the Vax Nevada Days program.
Eligible teenagers will be entered into a drawing for education scholarships, while Nevadans 18 and older will be eligible for cash prices.
There will also be prizes like fishing licenses and free passes to Nevada state parks.
The weekly drawings begin July 8 and continue every Thursday for eight weeks.
The $1 million grand prize winner will be announced Aug. 26.
Sisolak said IGT will offer expertise to make sure the drawings are proper and fair. Other states that have done this have relied on their lottery programs for expertise, but Nevada has no lottery.
More than 50 percent of eligible Nevadans have received at least one vaccine shot, Sisolak said. The more people who are vaccinated the better control the state has on COVID-19.
Here is a breakdown of the prizes:
- Grand prize of $1 million cash (Nevadans 18+)
- 149 cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 (Nevadans 18+)
- 135 college savings accounts for post-secondary education ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 (Nevadans 12-17)
- Nevada state park annual entrance permits (all Nevadans)
- Nevada fishing licenses (all Nevadans)
So what do you have to do to enter the drawing? Nothing. The Governor says vaccinated Nevadans will be entered automatically. While International Game Technology (IGT) will assist the program, the company will not receive any personally-identifiable information.
For more information, including complete rules, visit www.VaxNevadaDays.org.
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