In another attempt to drive vaccination rates higher, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new sweepstakes program for NFL game tickets, merchandise and experiences for New Yorkers who get vaccinated between now and Oct. 25.

Hochul said there will be 200 tickets given out to attend Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants games.

Other prizes include VIP in-game experiences, autographed gear and FaceTime calls with alumni from the three teams.


People can register themselves or their children under 18 years old on the state's website. The first drawing will be Sept. 29.

Hochul said there have been 50,000 vaccine doses given in last 24 hours, bringing the percentage of adults who are fully vaccinated to 74.4%.