You Could Win A $1 Million Prize Just For Being Vaccinated In Ohio

There are a lot of great reasons to get vaccinated.

For me, the whole “protecting myself and others from a virus” was enough. But the latest reason from Governor Mike DeWine may just be the best yet. In an effort to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the governor has announced a series of statewide drawings.

For those vaccinated Ohioans under the age of 18, there will be a drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio’s state colleges and universities. The prize would include full tuition, room, and board. Those interested can begin registering for the scholarship on May 18.

For vaccinated Ohioans over 18, the prize is $1 million. Every week for five weeks, names will be drown for the “Ohio Vax-a-Million” drawing. Names for the drawing will come from the Ohio Secretary of State’s public voter registration database. There will also be a website available for people to sign up if they aren’t in the voter registration database.

“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 want it… is a life lost to COVID-19,” DeWine said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The drawings will be done on Wednesdays with the first winners being announced on May 26. In order to claim their prize, winners must have recieved at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing.

The drawings will be handled by the Ohio Department of Health with assistance from the Ohio Lottery Commission and the funding for the prizes will come from existing federal relief funds. More info about the drawings will be announced next week.

During the press conference, Gov. DeWine also announced that all current public health orders regarding COVID-19 will come to an end on June 2. The governor stressed that the state mandates ending doesn’t mean that the virus is over and encouraged Ohioans to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing when the situation requires it.

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