The latest is West Virginia, offering residents who get immunized the chance to win a tricked-out truck, hunting rifle, college scholarship, and the opportunity to win a $1.588 million grand prize, according to CNN.
"The faster we get people across the finish line, the more lives we save. That's all there is to it," Gov. Jim Justice said on Tuesday. "If the tab just keeps running, the cost is enormous. The hospitalizations are enormous. We have to get all of our folks across the finish line."
"You could win something that would be phenomenal," he said.
The vaccination program, funded by federal pandemic relief funds, begins on June 20 through Aug. 4. As the state reports, 51.1% of its residents are vaccinated, peak levels of vaccine demand have already arrived.
What better way to get West Virginians out of the house and jabbed with a vaccine than to offer them a chance to win free trucks and guns. We're surprised ammo isn't on the list.