First ‘All In for the Win’ Million-Dollar Winner is From Chicago; Scholarship Winner From DeKalb

First ‘All In for the Win’ Million-Dollar Winner is From Chicago; Scholarship Winner From DeKalb


The first winners of Illinois’ $10 million ‘All In for the Win’ vaccine lottery have been chosen in the first drawings conducted by the Illinois Lottery.

“Getting vaccinated is your shot to save lives and win big,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Especially with more dangerous variants spreading, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. I’m excited we’re able to offer enticing prizes to reward residents for getting the shot.”

“With 10 million additional reasons to get a COVID-19 vaccine, we hope to increase the number of Illinoisans who make the importance choice to secure the best protection against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are seeing an increase in the test positivity rate in Illinois. With the more contagious Delta variant circulating, we need more people to be fully vaccinated to better control this pandemic.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health will be notifying winners by phone or email starting this afternoon. The first round of winners are from the following locations across Illinois:

  • $1 million cash prize: Chicago
  • $150,000 scholarship: DeKalb County
  • $150,000 scholarship: Suburban Cook County
  • $150,000 scholarship: Chicago

Illinoisans from those cities and counties should keep their phones on and check their emails regularly to find out if they’ve won.

IDPH will call from 312-814-3524 and or email from No personal information will be requested in the initial phone or email notification.

Winners will have seven days to securely complete, sign and send the authorization form to IDPH to accept their prizes. The Illinois Lottery will then guide winners through the claims process. Winners will be announced eight days after each draw unless they choose to remain anonymous.

For more information on the prizes and schedule of the ‘All In for the Win’ vaccine lottery, visit

More Chances Coming Up

So, did you get that email yet?

If not, there’s more where that came from. While the four winners will be contacted by e-mail starting on Thursday, July 8, this was just the beginning of the promotion that aims to give more people more reasons to be vaccinated.

All In for the Win offers $7 million in cash prizes to vaccinated adults, ranging from $100,000 to $1 million, and $3 million in scholarship awards to vaccinated youth, held in Bright Start 529 College Savings Plan.

Residents who received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois (except for vaccines administered at certain federal facilities) are eligible to win. IDPH is coordinating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that those who received the COVID-19 vaccine at federal DVA facilities are included in the lottery.

Clinics operated by or supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are NOT considered Federal facilities. FEMA-supported locations (e.g. the United Center) are supporting state and local vaccination efforts, and anyone vaccinated at these sites is eligible for the drawings.

Eligible residents are automatically entered into the lotteries. There are no sign ups, no forms, and no waiting lines. IDPH will continue to check their records before each drawing. Once entered, residents remain eligible in all future drawings, unless they win.

The first drawing takes place tomorrow, Thursday, July 8, 2021, and the promotion will run until Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, with a series of drawings for 43 cash prizes — including three, $1-million-dollar jackpots — and 20 scholarship awards.

To learn more about All In for the Win through our FAQ, visit To learn more about draw and winner announcement dates, see tables below.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release