Kentucky Lottery initiative offers chance at $225K for those who get a vaccine

May 11, 2021 | 12:06 am

Updated May 10, 2021 | 11:52 pm

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Anyone who gets a dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at Kroger or Walmart in Kentucky between now and May 21 may have a chance to win up to $225,000.

Kentucky Lottery officials on Monday announced a program by which anyone over the age of 18 who gets either their first or second vaccine dose at the more than participating Kroger or Walmart locations will receive a coupon for a free Cash Ball 225 ticket.

The Lottery said Cash Ball is a nightly draw game that has a top prize of $225,000.

“We hope that by literally injecting a little fun into the process, more people will get vaccinated,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Mary Harville. “This is good for Kentucky’s businesses, it’s good for the Kentucky Lottery, and it’s good for Kentucky college students counting on us through the scholarship and grant programs funded by our proceeds.”

The promotion is in effect at all Kentucky Kroger locations that have either a pharmacy or Little Clinic and at all Kentucky Walmart locations that sell lottery tickets. 

The offer is good through May 21, or until the 225,000 free tickets run out. When a person goes to one of the participating locations to get their COVID-19 vaccine, they’ll get a coupon for a free Cash Ball 225 Lottery ticket while supplies last.

Coupons can be redeemed at any Kentucky Lottery retailer between now and June 1.

“I hope this shot at $225,000 will be the incentive needed for more Kentuckians to get a vaccine,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Helping keep our Kentucky communities safe and a free chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars is a win-win for everyone involved. Thank you, Kentucky Lottery, Walmart and Kroger, for this fantastic example of Team Kentucky spirit.”

According to the Kentucky Lottery’s website, each Cash Ball 225 play costs $1. The odds of matching all four white balls plus the cash ball is 1 in 1,309,000.

May 11, 2021 | 12:06 am

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