The state of North Carolina announced that on Wednesday, June 23 at 10 a.m., the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will hold the first drawing of random numbers for the state’s “Summer Cash Drawing and Summer Cash 4 College Lottery.”

Earlier Tuesday, the state announced a large expansion of a different program that pays people $25 to get vaccinated for COVID-19 – or to drive someone to a site to get vaccinated.

In other words, the state really, really wants people to get vaccinated and it will pay them to do so.

On Wednesday morning, after the numbers are drawn – with a little help from friends at the NC Education Lottery – NCDHHS staff will determine the identity of the winner who holds those lucky numbers. NCDHHS workers will also check to see that the winner doesn’t fall under any exclusions from participation in the program.  So the process of naming a winner may take several days. Before that process is complete, state officials won’t give out any identifying details.

The Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings – which will give out a total of $4 million in prizes – will run until early August.

Random number generator drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays. New entries will close at midnight on the Sunday prior to that week’s Wednesday drawing.

Any North Carolina residents 18 years of age and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings for a chance to win $1 million.  Those between the ages of 12 and 17 who’ve received at least one dose of a vaccine will be automatically entered into four drawings to win $125,000 towards their post-secondary education.