Under the Colorado Comeback Cash program, there will be five drawings for $1 million each and anyone who has received a first dose will be eligible to win.
DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis announced the details on Tuesday of a statewide sweepstakes with five drawings of $1 million each to encourage people to become vaccinated against COVID-19.
Under the new program, called Colorado Comeback Cash, the state will hold five drawings between June 4 and July 7. Anyone 18 and older and a Colorado resident who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered.
The sweepstakes will be funded through CARES Act funds that otherwise would have gone into advertising and marketing, Polis said.
The dates for the drawings will be:
- June 4
- June 11
- June 18
- June 25
- July 7
Individuals who are in the state’s database of those who have been vaccinated will be assigned a random number. One winning number and several alternates will be drawn, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will contact each winner. The winner can decline the prize if they want to, and then the prize goes to one of the alternates.
The prizes are subject to taxes, Polis said.
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New York, Maryland and Ohio are already implementing similar plans as incentives for vaccination. Polis said that those states’ sweepstakes have seen success in encouraging people to get vaccinated and he expects similar results in Colorado.
As of May 24, almost 2.9 million people in Colorado have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 2.4 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to CDPHE.
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