White Castle to give away $500 to 200 vaccinated employees

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White Castle is serving up a new way to reward employees who get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The restaurant chain says it will be giving away $500 to 200 lucky employees over the next four weeks. That totals $100,000 in cash prizes.

Any employee who shows proof of a vaccine is automatically entered in a drawing. For four weeks starting the week of Sept. 6, White Castle will randomly select 50 winners each week. 

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Team members in more senior positions will be excluded from eligibility to focus the benefit primarily on front-line workers.

"We are encouraged by our team’s immediate response to the available vaccines this year," said Jamie Richardson, a vice president at White Castle. "Our VAX-a-Thousands giveaway is a meaningful way to thank our essential team members and inspire others to get vaccinated."