Ohio is set to announce the first winners of its Wax-A-Million Incentive Awards to promote a reduction in vaccination rates
Columbus, Ohio – The names of two lucky Ohioans, one adult and one child, will be announced Wednesday night as the first winners of the state’s Wax-A-Million Incentive Awards, including $ 1 for people 18 and older. Ride College Scholarships for Million and Completed Teens.
Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced a program to boost lagging vaccination rates on May 12. More than 2.7 million adults registered for the Money Prize and more than 100,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 entered for scholarships, including tuition, room and board, and books.
Four more winners of $ 1 million and a college scholarship will be announced each Wednesday for the next four weeks.
The Ohio Lottery held the first drawing Monday afternoon at its Draw Studio in Cleveland, using a random number generator to select the winners ahead of time, and then confirmed the eligibility for the final winner.
Participants must register to enter by phone or through the Wax-A-Million website. Teens may register themselves, but parents or legal guardians must verify their eligibility. The names of the winning entrants will be carried forward week by week.
“I know some people might say, ‘Divine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,'” the governor said while announcing the incentive. But now with the readily available vaccine The real waste, “is the lives lost to COVID-19,” the governor said.
The concept seemed to work, at least initially. The number of people aged 16 and older in Ohio who received their initial COVID-19 vaccine jumped 33% in the week after the state announced its million-dollar stimulus lottery, according to an Associated Press analysis.
But in the same review, it was also found that the vaccination rate is still far below the earlier figures of April and March.
More than 5.2 million people in Ohio had started the vaccination process by at least Monday, or about 45% of the state had started the vaccination process. About 4.6 million people are being vaccinated, or 39% of the state’s population. Nationally, more than 165 million Americans have begun the vaccination process, or about 50% of the population. More than 131 million are fully vaccinated, or about 40%.
Vax-A-Million is open to permanent Ohio residents who have received either the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first part of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
Devin’s proposal inspired similar vaccine-promoting lotteries in Colorado, Maryland, New York state and Oregon.
In Colorado, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis says there will be a weekly lottery for five residents to win $ 1 million on Tuesday to encourage COVID-19 vaccination in the state. Colorado is setting aside $ 5 million of the federal coronavirus relief fund that went toward vaccine advertising to win $ 1 million for five residents.
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