Kroger offering $1 million prizes to encourage COVID vaccinations

You could win a million dollars or get free groceries for a year… all you need to do is get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs grocery store, announced a new vaccine incentive drive. 

Dubbed the Community Immunity Giveaway, the program will award $1 million to five winners who get vaccinated at any Kroger Co. location and register online at KrogerGiveaway.com. Fifty people will win free groceries for a year.

"Since day one of this pandemic, Ralphs' most urgent priority has been the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities,'' according to a statement from Dr. Linh Lee, director of pharmacy at Ralphs.

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The giveaway began Thursday and will continue through July 10, with one $1 million winner selected each week for five weeks, and 10 free-grocery winners chosen each week. The contest is open to anyone aged 18 or older who receives or has already received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose at a Kroger location, or at a mobile clinic staffed by Kroger healthcare staff. 

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People must register online at KrogerGiveaway.com to be eligible.

Both customers and Kroger employees are eligible to enter, as long as they are vaccinated at a Kroger location. Kroger is also providing one-time $100 payments to employees who
become fully vaccinated.