Kentucky Lottery Offering Free Tickets as COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive

Feeling lucky? The Kentucky Lottery says it's offering a free Kentucky Cash Ball ticket to anyone who receives their COVID-19 vaccine at a participating Kroger or Walmart location.

Posted: May 10, 2021 1:24 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 1:26 PM

Monday marks the start of a new program hosted by the Kentucky Lottery that aims to encourage the public to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Kentucky Lottery, anyone over the age of 18 who receives either their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from any participating Kroger or Walmart location will receive a coupon for a free Kentucky Cash Ball ticket.

Here’s how the promotion works:

  • This 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. Both of these retail partners encompass more than 170 locations all across the Commonwealth.
  • When a person goes to one of these locations to get their Covid-19 vaccine, they’ll get a coupon for a free Cash Ball 225 Lottery ticket while supplies last.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The offer is good through Friday, May 21st, or until the 225,000 available tickets run out.
  • Coupons can be redeemed at any Kentucky Lottery retailer between now and June 1st.

Kentucky 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.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear also commented, saying, "I hope this shot at $225,000 will be the incentive needed for more Kentuckians to get a vaccine. Helping keep our Kentucky communities safe and a free chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars is a win-win for everyone involved."

Kentucky's governor has been pushing to reach the goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians vaccinated since early April. According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, just over 1.8 million residents in Kentucky have received the vaccine so far.

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