Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? The Ohio Edition
Has Ohio Governor come up with the best vaccine incentive we have seen in the United States? Some states across the country are offering free Uber rides or free donuts to people getting vaccinated. Ohio has taken these incentives and ramped them up substantially.
Yesterday, Governor Mike DeWine announced that over the next five weeks, the state would draw the names of five people from its list of Ohio residents who have received at least one jab and award them $1m each.
Is this the best incentive to get the vaccine we have seen?
Every Wednesday at 729pm, a name from the state voter roll will be announced. The first millionaire will be crowned on May 26, and the lottery will run until June 23.
An online portal will open on May 18th for young people to sign up.
Making the announcement on Twitter, DeWine said, "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."
In an Ohio statewide televised address, DeWine, a Republican, said the lottery funding would come from existing federal COVID-19 relief funds.
In addition to the $5 million lotteries, DeWine also announced a separate lottery offering scholarships to people under the age of 18 who are vaccinated. This lottery will also pick one winner a week for five weeks, beginning May 26.
"The winner will receive a full, four-year scholarship to our State of Ohio universities. This will include tuition, room and board, and books." Governor Mike DeWine
More good news
Governor DeWine didn't stop spreading the good news with those two announcements. He also announced that from June 2, the Ohio Department of Health would lift all COVID-related health orders, "except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities."
This means that mask mandates and social distancing will no longer be required. DeWine did note that businesses can still enforce these rules if they wish to do so.
DeWine is obviously very keen for as many Ohioans as possible to be vaccinated.
"We hope for a good summer, but we also have to be able to get through the dark days of winter safely. To do that, we need a much higher percentage of Ohioans to be vaccinated."Governor Mike DeWine
As of May 13, there have been 1.09 million COVID cases in Ohio and tragically 19,441 deaths.
So far, 4.3 million people in Ohio are fully vaccinated, representing 36.8% of the population. Let's hope that these two incredible incentives help to increase these numbers. And good luck to all those entering the lottery.
You could be Ohio's next millionaire!