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Sunday , 1 August 2021

Open for Summer Lottery for first and second vaccine doses could make you a millionaire

Three lucky Albertans aged 18 and older who get vaccinated will each win a $1-million lottery jackpot this summer.

Alberta’s government will hold three draws for $1 million each to incentivize Albertans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Beginning June 14, any Alberta resident 18 and older who has received a first dose of vaccine can register to enter for the first $1-million prize. Eligibility for the first $1 million will close seven days after the province beats its Stage 3 target of 70 per cent first-dose vaccination of Albertans 12 and older. The first winner will be announced when Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan begins.

To encourage more people to get fully vaccinated, two additional lotteries will follow in August and September. Any Albertan over the age of 18 who receives two doses will be eligible to win one of these additional $1-million prizes.

More than 68.7 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose, including 20.2 per cent who are fully vaccinated with two doses.

As of June 13, there are 60,429 appointments booked over the next seven days for first doses. Currently, Alberta is projected to hit the 70 per cent milestone on June 18.

“We want to give Albertans every reason we can to get vaccinated,” Jason Kenney, Premier said.This lottery program is another incentive to get the full two-dose protection as soon as possible. I encourage all eligible Albertans to do their part and roll up their sleeves so we can save lives, protect our communities and get life back to normal.”

First dose lottery

The winner will be announced the day Alberta enters Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan. To enter, you simply need to have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and register online at alberta.ca/lottery. Registration opens June 14 and closes one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose. Specific dates and deadlines will be posted on the website once Alberta enters Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan.

Second dose lottery No. 1

The winner will be announced on Aug. 31. To enter, you simply need to register online and have received a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the draw. Registration will close Aug. 24.

Second dose lottery No. 2

The winner will be announced on Sept. 30. To enter, you simply need to register online and have received a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the draw. Registration will close Sept. 23.

Dates and deadlines are subject to change and will be posted on the website once Alberta enters Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan.

Albertans only need to register for the Open for Summer Lottery once and will be eligible for all draws once entered. The winners will need to provide proof of vaccination to receive their prize.

Get your shot and register today

To opt-in for the lottery, visit alberta.ca/lottery starting June 14.

To book your COVID-19 vaccine, visit alberta.ca/vaccine to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies across the province. Select locations are offering walk-in clinics for first doses.

“We know that two doses of vaccine are necessary for effective, long-lasting protection against COVID-19,” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health said.If you haven’t yet, please book your first or second shot appointments today. By doing so, you will be eligible to participate in this vaccine lottery – the first of its kind in our province.”

The Government of Alberta is also exploring incentive programs for Albertans aged 12 to 17 who are not eligible for these three draws.

Details will be provided in the coming days.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!