Vaccinated People Are in the Lottery

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced today a new $10 million “All In for the Win” promotion that will reward vaccinated Illinoisans by automatically entering them into a series of cash and scholarship lotteries with prizes up to $1 million. 

“All In For The Win is yet another way we’re working to ensure every single resident is protected from COVID-19, and especially, this virus’ more dangerous variants,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Vaccines are incredibly effective and keep you protected – and they also make your community safer. Getting the shot is how we truly end this thing, so vax up, Illinois. If you do, you might even hit the jackpot.”

“We still need more people – as many people as possible – to get vaccinated,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The pandemic is not over and as long as the virus is allowed to circulate, it can mutate and form new variants.  We need to slow the virus’ activity – and the best way to do that is through vaccination.”

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 are automatically entered into the lotteries. There are no sign ups, no forms, and no lines to wait in. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated before July 1st to ensure they’re entered into every draw and have the most chances to win a prize, including the first million-dollar top prize on July 8.

Recent Trends

The top chart shows that the weekly number of new cases per 100,000 people in Evanston, suburban Cook County, Chicago, and the State are each at or below 15. The lower chart shows that the test-positivity rates in each region are at or below 1.1%.  The low rates indicate that the amount of testing in each region is adequate.

The number of people in the State who are being vaccinated continues to grow, but at a much slower pace than in April. As of June 15, 61.29% of Illinois residents 12 and older had at least one dose of a vaccine; 52.94% were fully vaccinated.

As of June 14, 87% of Evanston residents 12 and older had received at least one dose of a vaccine; 75% were fully vaccinated, according to the City.

Evanston – COVID

In the last seven days, the City has reported no new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents. There has been a total of 2,833 tests administered to Evanston residents in the last seven days.

There has been a total of 4,650 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, five of which are active. 

No Evanstonian has died from COVID-19 since May 31. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 118.

Impact of Northwestern University. Northwestern University has posted data on its website reporting that between June 7 and June 13, there was one new confirmed COVID-19 case of an NU student or staff member. If the student or staff member resides in Evanston, the case would be included in the City’s numbers.  


1/ The State moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan on June 11. Going forward, the RoundTable plans to cover COVID-19 metrics on a more limited basis. Specifically, we plan to provide charts showing: 1) the trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in recent seven-day periods for Evanston, Chicago, Suburban Cook County; and 2) the most recent test positivity rates for these areas.  Each chart will also provide the State’s numbers on June 10 as a baseline to gauge whether cases and test positivity rates are going up since the move to Phase 5.

As discussed in footnote 2 below, the CDC recommends that these two measures be used to determine the level of risk of transmission.  If we see a surge in new cases or in the test positivity rates, we will consider covering additional metrics.

We will also report the most recent percentages of vaccinated people, 12 years and older, in Evanston and Illinois.

2/ On Feb. 12, the CDC issued a K-12 School Operational Strategy. As part of that strategy, the report says CDC recommends the use of two measures to determine the level of risk of transmission: 1) the total number of new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days; and 2) the percentage of COVID tests during the last seven days that were positive. The CDC provides a chart to assess whether the risk of transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high. If the two indicators suggest different levels of risk, CDC says the higher level of risk should be used. The table below, reprinted from CDC’s report, provides CDC’s Indicators and Thresholds for Community Transmission of COVID-219.

CDC’s guidelines are available here: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention | CDC

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...

One reply on “COVID-19 Update on June 17: No New Cases in Evanston in the Last Seven Days, 248 in the State Today”

Comments are closed.