Vaccine lottery with a $1million prize just for getting a Covid jab CRASHES as 350,000 Australians sign up in less than a day
- One lucky Australian will win $1 million by rolling up their sleeve for a Covid jab
- But the traffic to website hosting lottery was so intense, it’s crashed the servers
- Million Dollar Vax initiative launched to boost Australia’s national vaccine rates
- Almost 80 per cent of Aussies have had first jab and 57 per cent have had both
The jab jackpot website promising to give one lucky Australian $1million for getting vaccinated has crashed just hours after it launched.
The ‘Million Dollar Vax’ – funded by 20 philanthropists and corporations – has been created to further boost national vaccination rates.
Every Australian over the age of 18 – including those already fully vaccinated – will have the chance to win the life-changing fortune.
But the intense traffic to the website hosting the lottery has crashed its servers, with browsers timing out when they try to connect to www.milliondollarvax.com.
The jab jackpot website promising to give one lucky Australian $1million for getting vaccinated has crashed just hours after it launched (pictured, a frustrated woman at a laptop)
Every Australian over the age of 18 – including those already fully vaccinated – will have the chance to win the life-changing fortune. (Pictured, a stock image of Australian bank notes)
Organisers say more than 350,000 have already signed up for the lottery in the first 24 hours since registrations began.
But on Monday evening, no-one was able to access the site after a series of repeated glitches since the launch on Sunday.
Million Dollar Vax Alliance chairman Craig Winkler insisted the technical problems were being fixed, but hailed the impressive sign up rate ‘fantastic’.
‘Since it was published we have seen numbers jump … this is a fantastic result,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.
The intense traffic to the website hosting the lottery has crashed its servers, with browsers timing out when they try to connect to www.milliondollarvax.com (pictured)
The lottery URL was still giving an error page when Daily Mail Australia tried to connect at 5pm on Monday, but briefly returned to service about 15 minutes later (pictured)
‘All web issues have been resolved, it was slowed down periodically due to the massive spike in entries yesterday morning but that is fixed.’
However the lottery URL was still giving an error page when Daily Mail Australia tried to connect at 5pm on Monday, but briefly returned to service about 15 minutes later.
Under the lottery scheme, as well as the $1million jackpot, 100 gift cards worth $1,000 will be handed out every day in October to vaccinated residents who enter.
One lucky Australian could win a huge cash prize of one million dollars for simply rolling up their sleeve for a jab this month
Mr Winkler said the purpose of the drive was not to persuade people to get jabbed but reward those who do.
‘The promotion simply seeks to reward people who decide to be vaccinated now rather than waiting… and to help people who were thinking about getting the jab but hadn’t crossed that line yet,’ he said.
Australia will soon receive enough vaccines to inoculate the entire population, with nine million doses of Pfizer and three million of Moderna to hit our shores in October.
Philanthropy Australia chief executive Jack Heath said the campaign was modelled on the Ohio ‘Vax-A-Million’ campaign in the US that rewarded five vaccinated residents with a $1 million prize.
The ‘Million Dollar Vax’ initiative funded by 20 generous philanthropists and corporations has been launched in a bid to boost national vaccination rates (stock image)
Donors to the Million Dollar Vax include the Susan McKinnon foundation, Jasper foundation, and the P&S Bassat foundation.
Those already vaccinated can still enter to win, provided both vaccinations have been received by six weeks after October 31.
Eligible residents can enter the draw on the Million Dollar Vax website with the ultimate $1million prize will be drawn on November 5.
As of Sunday, 79.6 per cent of eligible Australians over the age of 16 have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine and 56.88 per cent have received two doses.
Covid Australia Vaccine lottery with $1million prize for getting jab CRASHES as 350,000 sign up