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Oregonians react to vaccine lottery

"If this is the governor's idea on how to incentivize the situation to help people to get vaccinated, and open the state," said Eugene resident Bud Dickey, "I think it's a good idea."

Posted: May 21, 2021 7:06 PM
Updated: May 21, 2021 9:27 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Lottery is using a cash prize lottery system to get people vaccinated, and now residents are responding to the initiative.

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Many people KEZI 9 News spoke with were on board with the idea.

"If this is the governor's idea on how to incentivize the situation to help people to get vaccinated, and open the state," said Eugene resident Bud Dickey, "I think it's a good idea."

And some said the money shouldn't be the priority. Instead people should focus on being healthy and safe. Ben Razaghi said he's fully vaccinated.

"This is a very good encouragement anyway on top of it," Razaghi said. "Hopefully you're healthy, and maybe you get richer at the same time!"

Others were less confident about using the cash incentives.

"I think it depends how strong their stance is on vaccination. If they're kinda on the fence, maybe this will be the thing that pushes them over," Kayla Lejeune said.

The Facebook post announcing the system received more than 200 comments, and the opinions on there were mixed as well with some questioning the legitimacy of the campaign.

"This is totally out of hand. There are a lot of other things that the money could be used for," Melissa Mills said.

And others were in full support of the change. 

"Very cool. Hopefully this will get the vax numbers up for Oregon!" Josh Blakely said.

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