A day after announcing incentives surrounding vaccination cards for people who have received both their COVID-19 vaccine doses, Manitoba unveiled another program aimed at convincing people to get the jab on Wednesday.
During a Wednesday morning media briefing, Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba would be following in the footsteps of several other North American jurisdictions like Ohio and California by creating a vaccine lottery giving out almost $2 million in prizes.
There will be two lottery draws coming up this summer, one for all Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by August 12 and another one on Sept. 3 for those who have received two doses.
Each draw will feature three prizes of $100,000 each for people in the Winnipeg health region and one $100,000 prize for each of the rest of the province's health regions for people aged 18 and up.
Those aged 12 to 17 will instead be eligible to win one of 10 scholarships worth $25,000 each for each draw.
People who have been immunized will automatically be entered. MLAs, people managing the lottery and their immediate family members are not eligible to win prizes from the lottery.
Residents who received their vaccination doses in other jurisdictions can send proof of vaccination to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit a local public health office to be entered into the draw.
Anyone not interested in entering the draw will be able to opt-out.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will be running the lottery, with a third-party auditor overseeing the process.
Read more in Wednesday's edition of the Sun.
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