This is an “innovation” linked to Covid-19 prevention. The state of Ohio will award five vaccinated residents $1 million each in an effort to raise vaccination percentages. “Two weeks from tonight on May 26th, we will announce a winner of a separate drawing for adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. This announcement will occur each Wednesday for five weeks, and the winner each Wednesday will receive one million dollars,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said in a tweet Wednesday. The drawings will be conducted by the Ohio lottery. The winners will be pulled from the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration database. The money are coming from existing federal coronavirus relief funds.
So far, about 4.88 million Ohio residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. A person must be an Ohio resident and vaccinated prior to the drawing. An incentice was planned for teenagers too. The program is giving away five full-ride public college scholarships, covering tuition, books, and room and board to young people who get their COVID-19 shots. 12- to 17-year-olds can sign up online for the scholarship drawing beginning May 18. Good results are expected but only the time will make the proof. About 4.88 million Ohio residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.