MONTREAL (AFP) – People getting COVID-19 vaccines in Canada’s Manitoba province can enter a lottery to win a hefty cash prize or scholarship money, the local government said on Wednesday.
The Manitoba government, in central Canada, will award nearly CAD2 million in cash and scholarships to encourage residents “to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible”, Provincial Premier Brian Pallister said.
Manitoba, population 1.4 million, is the North American jurisdiction that currently has the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases relative to its population, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
There will be two drawings, the first on August 2 and the second on September 6, officials said.
For each drawing, seven prizes of CAD100,000 dollars will be awarded, as well as 10 scholarships worth CAD25,000 each for students aged 12-17.
“Vaccination is the fastest way to overcome COVID-19 and safely restore our services and activities,” said Pallister.
“The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we can get our lives back. This lottery gives Manitobans even more reasons to roll up their sleeves – not once, but twice.”