Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that state residents will have a choice between a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket, or a game and fish commission gift certificate when they get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Hutchinson announced the incentives, starting June 1, as he also updated reporters during his weekly news conference that 50 percent of all adults in Arkansas have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot. About 6.4 percent of children aged 12-15 have received shots.
The state spent over $2 million to purchase 50,000 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets that could have prizes up to $1 million, and 50,000 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission certificates that could be used toward purchasing licenses.
“We still have the COVID-19 virus in our community,” Hutchinson said. “There is a reason to get the vaccine, and that is so that we beat this.”
A total of 329 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday. The total number of cases in Arkansas since the pandemic began is 340,515. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by five on Tuesday up to 200, and deaths reported rose by four to a total of 5,824 statewide.