JEFFERSON CITY — The fourth of five drawings in the statewide vaccine incentive program will take place Friday, with the deadline for new entries being Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. 

Today, more than 600,000 vaccinated Missourians have entered the MO VIP, Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, for a shot at $10,000. 

Winners of the program’s third drawing have been working through confirmatory steps with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and will be announced publicly on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Those who have already entered should not enter again. Unless randomly selected as a winner in one of the first two drawings, they will remain eligible for all future drawings. 

“With COVID, Missourians can take personal control of how this outbreak impacts their life,” DHSS Director Donald Kauerauf said. “The opportunity for individuals to protect themselves, their family, and friends from COVID can be easily achieved through getting vaccinated.”

With state and federal vaccination data combined, nearly 64% of the state’s eligible population have initiated vaccination.  

Anyone who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the deadline can enter for the drawings.

Each of the five drawings will generate 180 winners, for a total of 900 winners overall. A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to 800 adults (18 and up), and 100 adolescents, aged 12 to 17, will win an education savings account through the Missouri State Treasurer’s MOST 529 program in the amount of $10,000.  

The MO VIP incentivizes vaccination for those now choosing vaccination and also provides an opportunity for rewards for the more than 3.2 million Missourians who have already made the decision to be protected through vaccination.

Entries will be divided into three categories: adults who received their first dose before July 21, adults who received their first dose on or after July 21, and adolescents (12-17) who have received at least their first dose of vaccine at any time. 

Those without the ability to enter the sweepstakes online can get assistance by calling the COVID-19 hotline Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 877-435-8411. 

Find a vaccine near you at MOStopsCovid.com or KOMU.com/Vaccine.

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