Oregon plays who wants to be a vaccinated millionaire

Hoping to boost Oregon’s vaccination rate, state officials announced that Oregonians who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will be entered to win $1 million cash.

One $10,000 winner will be selected from each county in the state.

“I’m encouraging every eligible Oregonian to take your shot. Go get vaccinated. It can save your life. And just maybe make you a millionaire,” Brown said during a press call Friday.

Teens won’t be eligible for cash prizes, but vaccinated Oregonians age 12 to 17 could win one of five $100,000 college scholarships in the form of an Oregon College Savings Plan account. That money can be used for educational expenses, including community college and trade school.

All coronavirus vaccinations registered through June 27 will be eligible. The money will come from Oregon’s federal coronavirus relief payments.

Winners will be selected by the Oregon Lottery using a state database of all Oregonians who have received a vaccine. To protect patient privacy, the lottery will receive only an identification number for each vaccinated Oregonian and use those numbers to conduct the drawing, Brown’s office said. The Oregon Health Authority, which maintains the state vaccine database, will then use those numbers to identify and notify the winners.