Nevada coronavirus vaccination promotion ends with $1M prize

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man from the Las Vegas area won the $1 million grand prize Thursday to cap an eight-week coronavirus vaccination jackpot program that Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak created for boosting enthusiasm among residents to get coronavirus inoculations.

The prize winners were introduced by their first name and last initial at a live event hosted by the governor at the Las Vegas Convention Center and aides at the Sierra Arts Foundation’s Riverside Gallery in Reno.

The program called Vax Nevada Days launched June 17 with $5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.

State health data showed the percentage of vaccinated state residents increased about 10 percent between the time the prize pool was announced in mid-June and when it ended Thursday.

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