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Kroger And CVS Start Vaccine Sweepstakes

A Kroger grocery store in Dearborn, Mich.
Paul Sancya
Associated Press

Kroger is launching its own million dollar giveaway program to encourage vaccinations.

Like Ohio’s Vax-A-Million sweepstakes, and similar incentive programs in New York, Maryland, California and West Virginia, Kroger plans to give away cash to a handful of people who get vaccinated at the store.

The grocer plans to release full details next week, but five people will win $1 million each and 50 more will win free groceries for a year.

In a press release Kroger officials describe the “community immunity” effort as a collaboration with the Biden administration aiming to get 70% of the U.S. population vaccinated by July 10.

Meanwhile, CVS pharmacy has announced a sweepstakes of its own with prizes including cash, vacations and cruises.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.