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Ohio’s governor announces $1 million dollar drawings for people who get COVID vaccine

The ‘Ohio Vax-a-Million’
In late April, Dr. Beverly Gaines’ office the Moderna vaccine, which is currently approved for...
In late April, Dr. Beverly Gaines’ office the Moderna vaccine, which is currently approved for people 18 and up.(Source: WAVE 3 News)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 6:10 PM EDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Talk about a major vaccine incentive. People who live in Ohio, and have gotten at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, will be eligible to win $1 million.

This is the statement, announced Wednesday May 12, from Governor Mike DeWine:

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 1 million dollars. The pool of names for the “Ohio Vax-a-Million” drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database. Further, we will make available a webpage for people to sign up for the drawings if they are not in a database we are using. The Ohio Department of Health will be the sponsoring agency for the drawings, and the Ohio Lottery will conduct them. The money will come from existing federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. 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. We will have further, specific details tomorrow and in the days ahead. 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.

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