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Colorado announces $1 million vaccine sweepstakes; everyone vaccinated is eligible, 5 chances to win!

Published: May. 25, 2021 at 1:54 PM MDT|Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 8:15 AM MDT
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DENVER (KKTV) - It can save lives, end a pandemic, and now it could make you $1 million richer!

Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday that every Coloradan who gets a vaccine in the coming weeks will be entered to win a special vaccinated-only sweepstakes.

“Not one, not two, not three, not four but five drawings!” a visibly excited Gov. Jared Polis exclaimed during a news conference Tuesday to announce the initiative.

Officially known as the Colorado Comeback Cash program, the sweepstakes is intended to help increase the excitement around getting vaccinated. If you were already vaccinated, you’re already entered -- there’s nothing else you need to do. If you’re not vaccinated yet, there’s still time to do so. The only criteria to win: be alive, be a resident of Colorado, have at least one vaccine shot, and be 18 or older.

For those younger than 18, Polis said the state is will announce details in the coming days on a scholarship program in place of the sweepstakes.

“Rather than gamble on getting COVID, let’s take a risk on winning $1 million!” Polis said.

So far, 2.5 million Coloradans have been vaccinated, making your odds 1 in 500,000.

“Those are very good odds,” Polis said. “Better than Powerball.”

The drawings will be held June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 7. Each vaccinated Coloradan was assigned a random number, and one of those numbers will be drawn each week. If your number comes up, you’ll be notified.

The drawings are based on vaccine records contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) at 11:59:59 p.m. the Tuesday night before the drawing (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 30*). Since it can take a few days for your information to reach the system, the state recommends getting vaccinated as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the Tuesday before the drawing.

The money to fund the sweepstakes is coming from the CARES ACT.

“Everybody who has been vaccinated is in the sweepstakes. You’d be foolish not to [get vaccinated],” Polis said.

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

*Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify for the July 7 drawing.

More details can found in the video below:

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