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Vaccinated Louisianans can enter $2.3M lottery

Fourteen vaccinated Louisianans will win scholarships and cash prizes — including one adult who will win $1 million — throughout July as part of the “Shot At A Million” campaign the state is launching to reward residents who have taken or who choose to get their COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday.

Registration for Louisiana’s Shot At A Million lottery begins Monday, June 21, at noon. Louisianans who have gotten the vaccine can register online at www.shotatamillion.com.

Residents who do not have access to the internet or who have questions can call the toll-free hotline at 877-356-1511 to register, starting Monday.

“It’s time to take your Shot At A Million, Louisiana. Any resident who has taken at least one COVID vaccine dose can register to win life-changing cash and scholarship prizes. Get your first shot by July 31 and you could be our grand prize winner,” Edwards said. “Getting your COVID vaccine is already a huge win for Louisianans because they can safely take off their masks, be around other people and know that they are protected from serious COVID-19 infections, hospitalization and death. These safe and effective vaccines are the key to a brighter future full of music and festivals and fun for our state. But for 14 lucky Louisianans, getting the vaccine is going to mean even more. It’s time to go Sleeves Up to Bring Back Louisiana, because you don’t want to throw away your Shot At A Million.”

Louisianans who have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are age 18 or older may enter to win one of four $100,000 prizes and the grand prize of $1 million. Louisianans who have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are between the ages of 12 and 17 may enter to win one of nine $100,000 scholarships. Louisianans are eligible if they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the drawing date — regardless of when they were vaccinated.

Louisiana will have four weekly drawings for one $100,000 scholarship and one $100,000 cash prize. The final grand prize drawing on Aug. 4 will award a $1 million cash award and five $100,000 scholarships. Overall awards will total $2.3 million, paid using federal COVID outreach dollars.

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation is assisting the Louisiana Department of Health with structuring the reward program and conducting the randomized drawings, with LDH and the Legislative Auditor present. LDH will not share a person’s vaccine status or health information with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, and will confirm the vaccination status of the winner after de-identifying the person’s information.

Schedule of drawings:

Enter by July 9, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for the July 14 drawing

Enter by July 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for the July 21 drawing

Enter by July 23, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for the July 28 drawing

Enter by July 30, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for the Aug. 4 drawing

Enter by July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for the Aug. 4 Grand Prize Drawing

Winners will be announced two days after the drawing to allow time to confirm vaccination status. The grand-prize winners will be announced on Aug. 13. For more information, visit online at www.shotatamillion.com.