Manitoba is setting up the first vaccine lottery in Canada and the province is handing out nearly $2 million in cash prizes and scholarships.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Manny Atwal, president of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, announced on June 9 that the province would hold two draws with a total of $1.4 million in prizes up for grabs.
Those aged 12 or older who have had their first dose by August 2 are automatically entered into the first draw of the vaccine lottery, though only adults 18 years old and older are eligible for the cash prizes. There are three prizes of $100,000 available in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and one prize of $100,000 available in each of the other four health regions in the province.
The second draw will be for those aged 12 or over who have had both of their doses by September 6. The prizes are identical to the first draw.
For kids aged 12 to 17, the province is rolling out $250,000 in scholarships to 10 lucky teens and tweens across the province at the same time as the cash draws.*
*This article has been updated.