Report: Washington’s vaccine lottery led to 24% increase in vaccination rates

Jul 9, 2021, 9:09 AM
Washington vaccine lottery...
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

With Washington’s “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery winding to a close, state health officials now have data in hand indicating that it likely encouraged thousands of people to get vaccinated.

Ross: Washington finally has a vaccine lottery!

The lottery has been running regularly scheduled drawings since June 8, picking a new winner for a $250,000 cash price in each of the last four weeks, and culminating in a final $1 million drawing on July 13. It’s also included hundreds of other non-cash prizes, such as airline and sports tickets, gift cards, game systems, smart speakers, and higher education tuition.

Washingtonians who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have all been automatically entered to win, with the lottery designed as an added incentive for those who have been hesitant. As for how successful it was in encouraging people to actually participate, new data from the state Department of Health indicates that it largely served its purpose.

According to the DOH, vaccination rates for people receiving their first dose were falling between 3 to 10% daily at the end of May. After the lottery was announced in early June, “we saw an increase in vaccination rates across younger age groups, vaccination rates holding steady in middle age groups, and decreased rates of decline in older age groups.”

Winner collects first $250,000 prize for Washington’s vaccine lottery

In total, the DOH estimates that between June 3 and June 22, roughly 28,500 more people received their first dose as a result of the lottery, marking a 24% increase from a scenario where the state hadn’t done the lottery at all.

Meanwhile, the state continues to approach its goal to have 70% of people ages 16 and up start the vaccination process, sitting at 69.4% as of late this week. Data from the federal government — which is limited to residents ages 18 and up, and pulls from several databases not available to the DOH — has Washington at 74.8%.

Local News

crime, domestic violence...
MyNorthwest Staff

Four people killed in Tacoma shooting

Tacoma police say two women and two men were killed in a shooting Thursday.
20 hours ago
Kathryn Altena

King County Board of Health delays vote to repeal bike helmet law

After a public hearing on a proposed repeal of King County's bike helmet law, the county board of health decided to delay their vote.
20 hours ago
jim walsh, washington lawmaker...
Heather Bosch

Washington lawmaker is locked out of capitol over COVID vaccine mandate

A Washington state lawmaker says he's been locked out of the state capitol in Olympia over the COVID vaccine mandate.
20 hours ago
MyNorthwest Staff

Sammamish scores top spot on list of best small US cities to live in

A new list has crowned Sammamish, Washington, the nation's best small city to live in, marking the latest in a string of recent accolades.
20 hours ago
world cup...
KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Seattle among cities competing for hosting duties in 2026 World Cup

Starting Thursday, World Cup officials will tour cities across the United States, including Seattle, to determine which venues will host games in 2026.
20 hours ago
Seattle fundraising...
Nick Bowman

Seattle mayoral race fundraising hits highest total in nearly two decades of available data

With just a few weeks to go until ballots are due, Seattle's two mayoral candidates have reached record fundraising heights.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Report: Washington’s vaccine lottery led to 24% increase in vaccination rates