Louisiana to offer scholarships, cash with grand prize of $1M as vaccine incentive program

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 3:03 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Time is running out for Louisianans to enter for a chance to win a cash prize in the ‘Shot At A Million’ vaccine lottery. Friday, July 9 is the last day to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and register if you want to be included in the first drawing.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state launched the program to incentivize residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by giving away scholarships and cash prizes in July.

14 vaccinated Louisiana residents will win prizes. Of those 14 residents, one will win $1 million.

Residents 18 years and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine have a chance to win $100,000 every week starting July 9 and a grand prize of $1,000,000 at the end of the month.

Residents between the ages of 12 and 17 who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine are eligible to win one of nine $100,000 scholarships.

You can register for the lottery by clicking here.

Residents who do not have access to the internet or who have questions can call the toll-free hotline at 877-356-1511 to register.

Louisiana will have four weekly drawings for one $100,000 scholarship and one $100,000 cash prize. The final grand prize drawing on August 4, 2021 will award a $1 million cash award and five $100,000 scholarships. Overall awards will total $2.3 million, paid using federal COVID outreach dollars.

Schedule of drawings:

  • Enter by July 9, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 14 drawing
  • Enter by July 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 21 drawing
  • Enter by July 23, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 28 drawing
  • Enter by July 30, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the August 4 drawing
  • Enter by July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the August 4 Grand Prize Drawing

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Need help getting a vaccine?

The three FDA-authorized COVID vaccines are very easy to find in Louisiana. People can call the vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The vaccine hotline can answer vaccine questions, schedule appointments, help people find a vaccine provider or community event near them, and connect people to medical professionals.

The federal government also runs Vaccines.gov, which helps people locate vaccination locations near them.

People can also text their ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three locations near them with available vaccines.

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