In Illinois, people could get free tickets to the Six Flags amusement park. In New Jersey, it meant a free beer. The governor of Minnesota announced giveaways that included fishing licenses, gift cards and state park permits, among others. And West Virginia upped the ante, adding the chance to win hunting rifles or shotguns.
So governors have had to get creative. On Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state announced a “shot of a lifetime” state lottery for getting a vaccine, with prizes including a lottery for $2m, game systems and speakers, and “higher education tuition and expense assistance.”