Ohio Is Giving Out $1 Million Each To 5 Vaccinated Residents
The cash giveaway starts on May 26th, and Ohio adults who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose may enter a lottery that will provide a $1 million prize each Wednesday for five weeks that follow.
So now it's come to this. We're feeling the need to bribe people to go get their vaccination(s) against the coronavirus because the non-stop blitz of health officials, celebrities, sports teams, states, and municipalities all imploring us to go get it done isn't working well enough?
Okay. Cool. I'm fine with it. They're not taking my money to pay off the winners, so what do I have to complain about?
My chief complaint about money being offered up to entice you to get a vaccination is that our state isn't doing it.
Other states are offering up things like access to NFL locker rooms or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garages, trips, and of course, cash like Ohio is doing. What are we getting here?
Ohio isn't just giving away the 5 million dollars alone. They're also going to give away 5 four-year full-ride scholarships at "an Ohio public university" to vaccinated Ohioans under the age of 18.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine acknowledged the unusual nature of the financial incentives.
“I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” he said. But the real waste, when the vaccine is now readily available, “is a life lost to COVID-19,” the governor said.