PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of people have signed up for Maine's vaccination sweepstakes event in the day since it was announced.
Maine officials announced on Wednesday that the state would hold a drawing in which one vaccinated person would get a prize of $1 for every vaccinated person in the state. That prize would be more than $875,000 if the drawing were held today.
State officials said more than 1,000 people had signed up for the drawing within hours of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announcing it. The winner will be announced on July 4.
“Our goal with the Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccinationland Sweepstakes is to encourage even more people to get the vaccine and declare their independence from COVID-19 as we approach the Fourth of July," Mills said.
The drawing is open to everyone 12 and older who has received at least one dose of vaccine. The state is accepting registrations for the drawing until the end of the day of June 30.
In other pandemic news in Maine:
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Maine continues to fall.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 82.86 new cases per day on June 1 to 42.86 new cases per day on June 15. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 0.29 deaths per day on June 1 to 1.43 deaths per day on June 15.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 68,000 cases of the virus and 854 deaths since the start of the pandemic. More than 64% of the state's eligible population has had its final dose of the vaccine. That's one of the highest percentages in the country.