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Illinois’ first vaccine lottery draw is today; here’s what you need to know

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois' new $10 million "All In for the Win" vaccine lottery kicks off on Thursday.

The first draw will reward one vaccinated Illinoisan with $1 million and three vaccinated youth with $150,000 in scholarships.

Draws will take place in the afternoon and the Illinois Department of Public Health will announce the counties or cities of the winners immediately after they are completed.

IDPH will call winners from 312-814-3524 and/or email from DPH.communications@illinois.gov.

No personal information will be requested in the initial phone or email notification. Winners will have seven days to securely complete, sign and send the authorization form to IDPH to accept their prizes.

The Illinois Lottery will then guide winners through the claims process.

Winners will be publicly announced eight days after each draw unless they choose to remain anonymous.

Residents who received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois (except for vaccines administered at certain federal facilities) are eligible to win.

Eligible residents are automatically entered into the lotteries. There are no sign ups, no forms, and no waiting lines. IDPH will continue to check their records before each drawing. Once entered, residents remain eligible in all future drawings, unless they win.

Drawings for the vaccine lottery run through Aug. 26. Here's a look at the dates you need to know:

Drawing DatePoolNumber of WinnersPrizeWinner Announcement Date*
Thursday, July 8, 2021State Wide1$1,000,000Friday, July 16, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021Restore Illinois Regions22$100,000Friday, August 20, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021State Wide3$100,000Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021State Wide2$1,000,000Friday, September 3, 2021

Scholarship Prizes Draw and Announcement Schedule

Drawing DatePoolNumber of WinnersPrize Winner Announcement Date*
Thursday, July 8, 2021State Wide3$150,000Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021State Wide + Restore Illinois Regions17$150,000Friday, September 3, 2021

Winner announcements only include the name of winners if winners give authorization to share this information.

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