VIDEO: Alberta unveils million-dollar lottery plans for vaccines

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro reveal details of the $3 million lottery to entice Albertans to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Alberta Government News Release

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

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. 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.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“We know that two doses of vaccine are necessary for effective, long-lasting protection against COVID-19. 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.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

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.

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.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

Quick facts

–  Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan safely eases restrictions in three stages as vaccination targets are reached and hospitalizations decline.

–  Stage 3 will occur two weeks after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine.

–  To be eligible for the lottery, you must: Opt-in by registering at alberta.ca/lottery. Reside in Alberta at the time of entry and draw. Be 18 years of age and older. Be able to provide proof of receiving your first dose of an approved vaccine for the first draw and both first and second doses for the second and third draws. Please visit alberta.ca/lottery for a complete list of rules.

–  Any Albertan 18 or older who received approved vaccines out of province is also eligible, provided they have submitted proof of vaccination to AHS and meet all other eligibility criteria.

–  The following individuals are ineligible to win prizes in the Open for Summer Lottery: Members of the legislative assembly and members of their households. Employees of the Government of Alberta who are directly involved in design or administration of the Open for Summer lottery program and members of their households. Political staff members appointed pursuant to the Premier’s and Ministers’ Staff Employment Order (OC341-2020) and members of their households. Contractors, subcontractors or employees of contractors or subcontractors who are directly involved in design or administration of the Open for Summer Lottery and members of their households.

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