OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP/KOIN) — Washington’s military, veterans and family members will be eligible for a new vaccine incentive lottery announced by Gov. Jay Inslee.
There was concern that because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups, there weren’t in the running for Washington’s original lottery, which has already had two drawings for $250,000 prizes.
The new separate lottery specifically applies to military, military staff and family members who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, or the National Guard.
Starting July 20, there will be one drawing a week for three weeks, with cash prizes of $100,000 for the first two weeks and a $250,000 prize for the final week.
Just like Oregon, Washington is inching closer to reopening — but tens of thousands of people still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine to cross each state’s vaccination threshold.
Washington looks at data for people 16 and up and that rate is at 67.2%.
“Our state uses data for people age 16 and up; the federal government uses data for ages 18 and up,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and up initiating vaccinations — whichever happens first.”