I'm sure a lot of folks reading this may not be aware of the new lottery that will be happening soon here in the Commonwealth. You could win $1 million dollars or a $300,000 college scholarship!

Oh, there's one catch. To quote Governor Charlie Baker:

If you're not vaccinated, you can't play...If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines and thinking about getting vaccinated, but for whatever reason haven’t, here’s another reason for you to come forward. Protect yourself, your friends, you coworkers and our neighbors.

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As Western Mass News reports, starting next month, fully vaccinated residents in Massachusetts can enter to win up to a million dollars in a new statewide program. The Baker administration is teaming up with the Massachusetts State Lottery to launch a new “Vax Millions” giveaway.

Fully vaccinated residents who are 18 and older can enter the giveaway to win one of five $1 million cash prizes, and residents ages 12-17 can enter to win one of five $300,000 college scholarships in the form of a 529 college savings plan.

New public health data show that western Massachusetts is lagging behind the Boston area. But, the new Vax-Million lottery could boost vaccination numbers locally. Similar vaccine lottery initiatives have been successful in California and Ohio.

Baker said he spoke with the governors of those states and learned that the lotteries created much more vaccine visibility, and vaccination rates increased, especially among young people.

Residents can enter online starting July 1 and weekly drawings will continue through August 27. By submitting an entry, participants agree to allow the Department of Public Health to access vaccination records to verify full vaccination and participants may also be asked to provide a vaccination card.

If you want to participate, you can enter to win regardless of when you became fully vaccinated. And residents of Massachusetts that get vaccinated after July 1 will still be able to enter to win.

For more on the story, please visit Western Mass News' website here.

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