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Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get a chance to win $ 1 million: the governor of Ohio launches an unusual promotion

Ohio Governor Mike DeVine on Wednesday, May 12, announced a new vaccination incentive program for state residents - a $ 1 million lottery. NBC News.

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DeVine said only vaccinated people will be eligible to win the prize, which will be paid for from federal funds.

“On May 26, we will announce the winner of the drawing among adults who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. These announcements will be made every Wednesday for five consecutive weeks, during which time each of the winners will receive $ 1 million, ”- said DeVine.

“You must be 18 years old at the time of the draw to be eligible to win. You must be a resident of Ohio. And also get vaccinated before the draw, "he said.

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Other states have also encouraged residents to vaccinate. Let's say West Virginia is going to pay $ 100 to people between the ages of 16 and 35, New Jersey is offering free beer, and New York is offering free MetroCards for anyone taking a subway injection, but Ohio is providing the largest payout to date.

DeVine acknowledged that this incentive might be considered a waste of money by some people, but he disagrees.

“Of course, someone might say, 'DeVine, you're crazy! It's a waste of money. ” But in fact, the real waste at this stage of the pandemic is when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants to, because otherwise it is a life lost due to COVID-19, ”he wrote.

While the money is for Ohio residents 18 and older, the governor has provided this incentive for younger residents - it will be eligible for a "four-year full scholarship to any Ohio college or university, including full tuition and dorm room."

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DeVine spoke about the lottery along with the news that he asked the Ohio Department of Health to repeal most of the pandemic-related decrees on June 2.

“It's time to end the isolation orders. A year has passed. You followed the protocols. You have done what we asked. You have bravely fought this virus, ”the statement reads.

While DeVine's early and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic drew bipartisan approval, the legislature limited the governor's ability to issue public health decrees in March.

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