Lotteries as public health incentives began before covid-19
In 1957, Glasgow, Scotland, held a five-week anti-tuberculosis X-ray campaign. The city aimed to screen 250,000 people. “Every kind of propaganda is used to bring in the laggards,” including signs, slogans, fliers — and entry into a drawing for a new car, a newsreel recounted at the time. More than 700,000 people signed up to be screened.