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Alberta offers $3M lottery winnings to get people to get COVID vaccine

EDMONTON – The province is offering $3 million in cash prizes to encourage people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta residents over the age of 18 who have received at least one dose of vaccine can register to be entered in the draw for the $1-million prize.

Details on how to register will be announced on June 14. Registration will close one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received a first dose.

“This lottery will help us cross that 70 per cent threshold so we can reopen and stay open. Albertans have already responded in such a big way to our vaccine program and we’ve been able to lift many health restrictions because of their efforts,” said Premier Jason Kenney June 13.

“We just need one final push so we can lift them all and get back to normal. If you’ve been waiting to book or you’ve been looking for a reason to get the shot, here it is.”

More than 68.5 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose, including 19.2 per cent who are fully vaccinated with two doses.

As of June 12, there are 64,535 appointments booked over the next seven days for first doses. Currently, Alberta is projected to hit the 70 per cent milestone and start the two-week countdown to Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan on June 18.

The winner will be drawn when Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan begins.