Getting a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State could still net you $ 5 million.
Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo announced an expansion of the “Vax and Scratch” program for some state-run vaccination sites.
Cuomo says each eligible person who receives their first dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or their single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will receive a $ 20 lottery scratch ticket. The ticket has a number of monetary prizes available.
According to the New York State Lottery, the prizes are ranked from highest to lowest.
1st prize – $ 5,000,000
2nd prize – $ 50,000
3rd prize – $ 20,000
4th prize – $ 5,000
5th prize – $ 2,000
6th prize – $ 500
7th – $ 400
8th prize – $ 200
9th – $ 100
10th prize – $ 50
11th prize – $ 40
12th prize – $ 30
13th – $ 20
Tickets are only available in limited POD locations and you must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for a ticket. The closest route for someone in the Mohawk Valley area is Otsego County. Residents in the area can get scratched by getting vaccinated at SUNY Oneonta. Other vaccination sites across the state offering the scratch ticket include the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown (central Hudson region) and in the North Country at SUNY Potsdam.
A strong immunization program is a cornerstone of New York’s efforts to rebuild our economy, and the state is implementing creative strategies to convince residents and families to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This potential grand prize of $ 5 million to get the vaccine is the latest round of our campaign to convince New Yorkers to shoot, and we extend it to give even more people a chance to win a ticket.
Appointments are available, but walk-in people are always welcome for vaccine distribution. There are also a number of other incentives offered depending on where you live in the state. One of the biggest benefits of getting the vaccine is the ability to not wear a mask in some businesses or locations. Sports teams have offered free tickets for vaccines and teens are offered a full scholarship, including room and board, at any state university, college or community college.