Ohio’s DeWine: Get a Shot at $1 Million With a Vaccine Shot
Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced in a Twitter thread on Wednesday that eligible residents of his state who get vaccinated against the coronavirus can be entered into a five-week-long lottery where the weekly prize is…one million dollars!
DeWine said only people who’ve gotten the vaccine will be eligible to win the lottery, which 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 in his Twitter thread.
Resorting to bribery isn’t new for a Republican, but in this case, the incentive for DeWine is getting his state to herd immunity. He acknowledged the lottery idea might strike some people as a waste of money, but he said he disagreed.
“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,” he wrote.
DeWine also appeared on The Ohio Channel to announce the new tactic to get his state vaccinated.
Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) announces that for 5 weeks starting May 26, vaccinated adults can enter a drawing to win $1 million. pic.twitter.com/l8tu0w0Ppi
— The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2021
The lottery is restricted to Ohioans 18 and older, but DeWine also added an incentive for younger residents as well. Teens who get vaccinated will be entered into a drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio’s state colleges and universities, including full tuition, room, and board. DeWine revealed the incentives alongside the news that he’s asked the Ohio Department of Health to lift most pandemic health orders 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,” he said in a statement.
Click through to read DeWine’s full Twitter thread, below.
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.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) May 12, 2021