Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021. 9:32 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Residents of the US state of Ohio can win a $1 million if they get vaccinated.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a $1 million lottery as an incentive for people in Ohio to get vaccinated, NBC News said.
DeWine said the state will hold five weekly lotteries in which residents who have been vaccinated will participate.
DeWine said the prizes will be paid for by federal coronavirus funds.
“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,” DeWine said on Twitter.
“To be eligible to win, you must be at least 18 years of age or older on the day of the drawing. You must be an Ohio resident. And, you must be vaccinated before the drawing.”
According to NBC News, different states have come up with other incentives for their residents to get vaccinated. West Virginia has offered $100 saving bonds to residents between the ages of 16 and 35, New Jersey has offered free beers, and New York is giving away free Metrocards for people who get vaccinated at a subway vaccination center, but Ohio beats them all.
“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,” DeWine tweeted.
DeWine is not forgetting the younger residents.
He said those under 18 who get vaccinated will participate in a draw “for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio’s state colleges and universities, including full tuition, room, and board.”
NBC News reported that DeWine said he has asked the Ohio Department of Health to revoke most pandemic health restrictions on June 2.
“It is time to end the health orders. It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus,” DeWine said in a statement.
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