Hey, you never know.

New York will begin handing out $20 scratch-off tickets to people who are vaccinated at sites around the state as part of the latest effort to encourage shots in arms. The grand prize is $5 million, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers who are yet to get their shot the real prize is to be protected against COVID-19.

The pilot program, set to begin on Monday, comes as the vaccination rate has dropped in New York by 43% in recent days, Cuomo on Thursday said in Buffalo. The tickets will be distributed at 10 vaccination sites at the University at Buffalo, the Rochester Dome Arena, the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, SUNY Polytechnic in Utica as well as sites in Yonkers, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

New Yorkers will have a one-in-nine chance of winning a prize. 

The lottery ticket giveaway is the latest inducement to encourage vaccinations, which have also included free Yankees and Mets tickets, and on the local level, prizes like a free beer. The push comes as New York has loosened pandemic guidelines and is now following federal guidance that largely ends mask wearing indoors for fully vaccinated people save for mass transit, hospitals and other settings.

The COVID positive rate over the last day stood at 0.85% in New York statewide. More than 53% of New Yorkers age 18 and older have been fully vaccinated in New York.