A plethora of vaccine incentives have been announced in Hong Kong recent weeks including free MTR rides for a year and lawmaker Regina Ip’s personal Rolex. But it’s one particular lottery prize that has made headlines around the world: a HK$10.8 million (US$1.4 million) luxury flat in Kwun Tong.
The 449 square foot, one-bedroom flat in Grand Central, a new apartment complex overlooking Kowloon Peak, is the top prize of a lottery that prompted a spike in vaccinations the weekend after it was publicized.
After weeks of buzz and thinking that, let’s face it, is merely wishful, the lucky draw—which also dangles pre-paid or credit cards with a value of HK$100,000 (US$12,883)—opened for registration Tuesday morning.
Anyone who has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is 18 years of age on or before Sept. 1 can enter the lucky draw.
The flat, however, is only up for grabs for permanent residents. Non-permanent residents who are holding employment visas, including domestic workers, are not eligible to win the flat, though they can land themselves one of the pre-paid cards.
The rules specify that both vaccine doses must have been received in Hong Kong. Registration for the lottery closes on Sept. 1.
Results will be published on the lottery website on Sept. 8, and will also be announced in newspapers The Standard and Sing Tao Daily on Sept. 13.
Separately, cruise liner Dream Cruises has also launched its “Super Seacation Sweepstakes” to incentivize COVID-19 jabs, with the top prize being an all-you-can-cruise annual pass on the Genting Dream. Other prizes include two-night stays on the ship accommodating up to six people.
The deadline to enter the cruise lottery is July 30.