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The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center building one.

Veterans who received their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VA Medical Center will need to register online if they want to be entered into the state’s $1 million lottery.

Gov. Kate Brown had announced in May the new lottery for people who’ve received COVID-19 vaccinations. All Oregonians 18 and older who have received at least one shot by June 27 are eligible to win the $1 million prize or one of several smaller prizes.

Most are automatically entered into the drawing and don’t have to take additional steps.

However, there are exceptions.

State officials don’t have records of the shots received at federal veterans hospitals.

That means veterans who received their vaccines at the Roseburg VA or another VA facility will need to take some extra steps to make sure they too have a chance to win.

According to the Roseburg VA, those who received shots at the VA or one of its clinics can sign up online to be included in the drawing. The signup is at

The registration must be submitted by June 27. The winners are expected to be announced before July 9.

While just one lucky winner will win the $1 million jackpot, 36 Oregonians — one from each county — will win a $10,000 prize. Kids aged 12 to 17 will be eligible for a separate drawing for $100,000 scholarships through the Oregon College Savings Plan. Five students will win those scholarships, which can be used at trade schools and community colleges as well as at four-year universities.

The lottery is intended to encourage Oregonians to do their part to vaccinate enough people to reach the governor’s goal of a 70% vaccination rate for state residents 16 and up. It’s hoped that rate will ensure herd immunity that can protect most state residents from getting sick or dying from COVID-19.

Oregon’s not alone in taking the lottery approach. Among the other states with COVID-19 lotteries with big cash prizes are Ohio, New York, Maryland, Kentucky, Colorado, California and Washington. Some other states, like West Virginia, Minnesota, Arkansas and Delaware have come up with smaller prizes ranging from park passes to vacations to scholarships and even vehicles.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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What is Douglas County doing to encourage people to get vaccinated?

Oregon’s Washington County is giving $10,000 to ten adults vaccinated against coronavirus. This is in ADDITION to the vaccination lottery prizes already announced by the state of Oregon.


Rather than encouraging people to get vaccinated, Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice is instead spending his energy defending anti-vaxxer's right to their choice. Meanwhile, us taxpayers are continuing to pay over $10,000 per day for the routine testing of Douglas County healthcare workers and first responders who refuse vaccination.

Schools, hospitals and employers nationwide are beginning to require their employees be vaccinated as a condition of continued employment to protect their other employees and their customers. Meanwhile, coronavirus lingers in Douglas County as the deaths continue to mount up and our Commissioner defends those who are the root cause. All because of those who refuse to be vaccinated selfishly claim it is solely their choice, as if it doesn't effect the rest of our community.


HERE HERE... Well said!


Douglas County has averaged 236 coronavirus tests per day and 17 new cases per day for the past month. This is very close to the daily number of tests and cases when Douglas County coronavirus cases were at their peak before vaccinations began. Though over 50% of Douglas County supposedly has been vaccinated, it appears a significant portion of Douglas County healthcare workers and emergency responders are continuing to be tested daily and weekly to maintain patient safety and the safety of other workers because they refuse to be vaccinated.

Vaccination is not simply a choice. Assuming each coronavirus test costs around $50, that means over $10,000 per day ($3.5 million per year) continues to be spent testing people in Douglas County that is ultimately paid for by us taxpayers. At what point will hospitals and government agencies require healthcare workers and first responders be vaccinated to reduce the tax burden to the rest of us and prevent continued transmission of the disease and more deaths in our county?


As with the mRNA vaccines, I think that multiple shots at this lottery would be better: have that first $1,000,000 awarded amid a flurry of publicity, and keep awarding another million bucks every couple of weeks, with more publicity every time, with a clear end-date to motivate the laggards. Ohio has done a bang-up job on this.

Lotteries are generally a tax on people who can't do math, but people who can't do math are over-represented among the vaccine-hesitant, so this is an appropriate tool.

I got my Moderna at the VA, so I enrolled for the lottery on-line. If I value my time at minimum wage, that was not a great investment: maybe a $1 investment on an expected value of $0.50 (a million bucks and maybe 2 million "tickets"). If I added the cost of getting vaccinated, but ignored the benefits (huge!), it would be far more skewed.

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