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A shot at a million: Ohio offers vaccinated adults a chance to win big bucks

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Gov. Mike DeWine also said a full scholarship to a state university would be given to a person 17 or younger, part of a drive to increase the Covid vaccination rate.

Ohio will give away $1 million each to five vaccinated adults within the coming weeks as an incentive for residents to get the shot, Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday.

The first drawing will occur on May 26, with subsequent drawings occurring each Wednesday for five weeks. To win, participants must be 18 or older, an Ohio resident and vaccinated with at least one Covid vaccine dose before the lottery takes place. The five winners will receive $1 million from existing federal coronavirus relief funds, DeWine said.

“I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” the governor wrote on Twitter. “But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to COVID-19.”

The drawing will be conducted by the Ohio Lottery and will gather residents’ names from the Ohio secretary of state’s voter registration database. DeWine added that the state would create a webpage for people to sign up, and would release more guidelines for the drawing this week.

DeWine also announced that a separate drawing on May 26 would award a vaccinated person who is 17 or younger a four-year scholarship — including tuition, room and board and books — to an Ohio public university.

The drawings come as the Biden administration grapples with vaccine strategy while demand for the vaccine slows down. Some incentives include paid time off and free Lyft and Uber rides to get the vaccine, as well as free food and drinks.

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