What is the Ohio vaccine lottery?

OHIO is offering its citizens a chance to win $1million in what it's calling the "Ohio vaccine lottery."

Teens who get vaccinated are eligible for prizes too.

What is the Ohio vaccine lottery?

The Ohio vaccine lottery is a program where Gov. Mike DeWine is offering residents a chance to win $1million if they get vaccinated against Covid, according to NPR.

The program is in response to the dropping demand for the Covid vaccine in Ohio.

Each week, five names will be drawn awarding vaccinated Ohioians $1million.

Teenagers who get vaccinated are eligible for four-year scholarship awards, with room and board, in their version of the lottery.

Why did Gov. DeWine start the Ohio vaccine lottery?

Only 42 percent of Ohio is vaccinated.

Gov. DeWine said he was concerned about what this meant in the coming winter for Ohio residents.

"The number of Ohioans who get the vaccine will determine what our future looks like, particularly this coming winter," he said.

"Everyone has a stake in more Ohioans getting vaccinated."

When does the Ohio vaccine lottery begin?

The drawings for the grand prizes in the Ohio vaccine lottery will begin on May 26, 2021.

The funding for this lottery comes from existing Covid relief funds.

"I know that some may say, 'DeWine, you're crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,'" DeWine said.

"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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