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Ohio Gov. announces lottery for vaccinated residents offering $1 million jackpots, full-ride scholarships as prizes
Do you think the Ohio lotteries for vaccinated residents are a good idea?
By Eric Revell, Countable News
What’s the story?
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Wednesday announced a lottery that will offer Buckeye State residents who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine a chance to get lucky and win either $1 million or a full-ride scholarship to a state university in Ohio, depending on their age.
- Lottery drawings will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays starting on May 26th and will be open to Ohio residents who have received at least one dose of vaccine at the time of the drawing.
- Ohio residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to win a $1 million jackpot. Ohioans who are under the age of 18 will be eligible to win a full, four-year scholarship to a public university in the state of Ohio that covers the cost of tuition, room and board, and books.
- The drawings are sponsored by the Ohio Dept. of Health and will be held by the Ohio Lottery Commission with winners drawn from the state’s public voter registration database. Residents who aren’t registered to vote but wish to participate will be able to sign up through a website the state will make available prior to the first drawing.
- The vaccination lotteries will be funded using existing federal coronavirus relief funds that haven’t been allocated for other uses.
- DeWine tweeted the following in a thread announcing the lottery:
“I know that some may say, “DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.” 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.”
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