One Canadian province is following in the same footsteps as some U.S. States to increase their COVID-19 vaccination numbers, by way of bribery via cash!
The province of Manitoba is offering Canada’s first ever vaccine lottery.
Manitoba’s Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba’s Liquor & Lotteries CEO Manny Atwal announced the news during a press conference Wednesday.
The stakes are looking pretty sweet with almost $2 million in cash and scholarships up for grabs.
Manitobans will receive an automatic entry into the lottery draw once they’ve receive the jab.
Residents have 2 chances to win
During the press conference, Pallister stressed the importance for Manitobans to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
“Urgency is important. We need Manitobans to get vaccinated to protect each other and protect our health care system.”
Furthermore, there will be two lottery draws and anyone ages 12 and up will be eligible.
Anyone who received the first dose before August 2, will be eligble for the first draw.
The second draw will take place on September 6 for residents who received their second dose.
There will be 10 draws of $25,000 in scholarships for young people between the ages of 12-17.
Residents living in the following areas have a chance of winning one prize of $100,000, for a total of $400,000:
- Prairie Mountain Health
- Southern Health-Santé Sud
- Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority and
- Northern Regional Health Authority (including Churchill)
The Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will be overseeing the contest with a third-party auditor to ensure everything runs smoothly.
According to Atwal, running a lottery seems to be effective to persuade residents who are reluctant to receive the vaccine.
“As we have seen in other jurisdictions, lotteries can act as an incentive to encourage vaccination,” Atwal said during the press conference.
Across the border several U.S. states have been offering cash, guns, cannabis as incentives to get residents to roll up their sleeves.