Marylanders now have another incentive to get coronavirus vaccinations: cold, hard cash.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday a new program ran by the state health department and the Maryland Lottery that will hold daily drawings over 40 days, beginning Tuesday.

Winners will get $40,000, except for the final drawing on July 4, which will offer a grand prize of $400,000.

“Entry is very simple — all you have to do is to get vaccinated here in Maryland, be a Maryland resident and be 18 or older,” Hogan said, WTOP reported.

The health department will attach a string of numbers in a spreadsheet with each vaccinated person’s name and information. The Maryland Lottery will then generate random numbers, and the health department will check its database for the winning person.

Vaccinated Marylanders are already in the lottery system. Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said the lottery will be managed anonymously and people won’t need to worry about their medical information being misused.

“Getting more people vaccinated is good for Maryland, and this is a promotion the Lottery is especially proud to be part of,” Medenica said. “And most importantly, putting COVID-19 in the rearview mirror is great for Maryland’s businesses. We know everyone is eager for a fun-filled summer where the pandemic is a distant memory.”

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