In this April 14, 2021, file photo, Malick Kone gets his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Elaina Smith at the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Hundreds of thousands of Mainers are vying for a chance to take home the big COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes jackpot.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, 226,067 Mainers have entered the “Vaccinationland Sweepstakes,” according to Robert Long, a spokesperson for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

By noon Wednesday, the jackpot had reached $885,386. Between now and 6 a.m. July 4, a dollar will be added to that pot of cash for every new Mainer who gets the jab. A winner will be chosen randomly, and announced on the Fourth of July.

That sweepstakes is part of Maine’s effort to get 70 percent of people here fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before July 4, in line with President Joe Biden’s goal for the nation.

Currently, 739,693 Mainers, or 62.5 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 769,842, or 65 percent of the state’s population, have received a final dose, according to the Maine CDC.

To enter the sweepstakes, Mainers can visit the Maine COVID-19 portal on the official Maine government website. Registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. on June 30. Any person over the age of 12 who received a vaccination after Dec. 15, 2020, is eligible.