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Quebec just launched a "vaccination lottery" with prizes as high as $1 million

The Quebec government announced a “vaccine lottery” today with cash prizes in order to encourage inoculation of the province.

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JP Karwacki
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Quebec really, really, really wants you to get vaccinated, and as of today the province has announced the creation of cash inentives to encourage everyone in the province to get a jab. Registrants for the lottery will be able to sign up whether they are receiving their first dose, second dose, or if they've already received their doses.

There are two vaccine contests, one for adults and another for people aged 12 to 17. The grand prize is $1 million (non-taxable), and there are other secondary cash prizes as well. Winners will be announced every Friday in August. The names of the winners will be announced the Tuesday following the draw at 1 p.m. EST.

For the last draw on September 3, the names of the winners will be announced the same day.

This morning, Quebec's Health Minister Christian Dubé was be joined by Finance Minister Eric Girard at a press conference about Quebec’s vaccination campaign. If the idea seems sudden to some, it should be noted that Premier François Legault had floated the idea a month ago, and several other Canadian provinces have used lotteries to incentivize Quebecers to get a shot.

"We looked at all the other lotteries in Canada, and it's a positive incentive. In a fight like this, every vaccinated person counts," said Eric Girard during the Friday midday conference.

For young people aged between 12 and 17 years old:

From August 1 to 27, the vaccine contest will offer a weekly circulation of two scholarships of $10,000 from registrants who received a first dose, for a total value of $ 80,000.

On September 3, 2021, a draw for sixteen scholarships of $20,000 each, for a total value of $ 320,000, will be held among people aged 12 to 17 who have received their two doses. The first dose must have been received before August 3 and the second dose before August 31 inclusive.

For adults (18 years and over):

From August 1 to 27, the vaccine contest will offer prizes of $150,000 in cash prizes for registrants who received a first dose of vaccine. The total value of these prizes is $600,000.

On September 3, 2021, a draw for a $1 million prize will be held with registrants who have received their two doses. The first dose must have been received before August 3 and the second dose before August 31 inclusive.

Full details can be found on the Quebec government's website.

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