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Lottery jackpots not enough to increase vaccination rates, study finds


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When certain states started offering cash prizes to residents who had received the Covid-19 vaccination, it gave a new meaning to the lottery slogan, “You have to be in it to Win it.”

However, a recent study found that most people weren’t actually playing.

It was published in JAMA Health ForumWe compared the vaccination rates of states with cash lotteries that were tied to Covid-19 and 19 other states that offered them.

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According to the study, “No statistically significant association was found between cash-drawing announcements and the number vaccinations prior or following the announcement date.”

This was true even when the winners of lotteries were revealed.

Researchers believe there are many possible reasons the lotteries failed to encourage people to be vaccinated.

Lottery drawings might not inspire as many people to take action than offers that guarantee cash payments.

Additionally, it is possible that the campaigns for the lottery did not include adequate information about the vaccines. The research found that providing more information about vaccines might have resulted in greater effectiveness.

People who have misinformation about vaccines might also not have found the campaigns to be effective.