Ohio Rewarding Vaccinated People with Possible $1 Million
Individuals who are vaccinated have a shot at winning $1 million in the state of Ohio via a special lottery.
Vaccinations have become the norm in many areas around the world, in the hopes of getting rid of the COVID-19 pandemic. However despite the vaccination option, there are still those who do not want to take the shot. To try an encourage vaccinations, there are commercials with celebrities on the television as well as employers offering incentives like bonuses to those who take the shot. In the state of Ohio, a special lottery is planned where five residents will become instant millionaires, if they are vaccinated.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that starting on May 26, and every Wednesday for the next five weeks, the Ohio Lottery will conduct a special drawing. The drawing will include names of residents who have been vaccinated with at least once dose, no matter the provider.
The person who sees their name drawn will become an instant millionaire. The individual must be vaccinated before the drawing to be eligible. The Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing will use federal funds from the state to pay the winners. More details will be provided this week on the subject.
The state is offering this special drawing in the hopes that more people will be vaccinated. The governor feels that everyone should take advantage of the vaccinations to save lives. The hope is that the lottery will push those who were on the fence about the shot to go and get it.
As of this week, only around 34% of the residents in Ohio have been vaccinated. This is a small percentage and there are still plenty of vaccinations to go around.
Other states have decided to do something similar to hopefully see more people vaccinated. In Kentucky, the governor recently announced that adults who received a vaccination from a Walmart or Kroger that is a participating member can play a Kentucky Lottery Cash Ball 225 game for free.
It will be interesting to see if the lottery deal incentivizes people to take the vaccination. Who will end up a millionaire and will the program be effective? It seems like it’s a win-win situation as the individual gets to be vaccinated from COVID-19 and they have a shot at winning $1 million!
The casino industry is a good example as to how incentives work to see people take the vaccination. The Cosmopolitan decided to provide bonuses to employees who were vaccinated. The workforce took advantage of the offer and while they earned bonuses, the casino was given the green light to reopen the game floor at 100% capacity.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has been encouraging operators to have their employees vaccinated so that they can get the city of Las Vegas back to 100% operations. Some operators decided to take a different approach. For Wynn Resorts, the company chose to tell their employees that they are to be vaccinated or they will have to produce a negative test once a week.
The employee was in charge of paying for the weekly tests and they get expensive. So, most employees opted to take the shot and the Wynn properties are also open at 100% capacity.
Several operators were given the go-ahead this week to reopen casino game floors at 100% capacity. This include Caesars Entertainment properties, Station Casinos, and more. Hopefully, the vaccination process is helping industries like gaming and hospitality get back to work.
With the casinos fully operational, people are back to work and more money can be earned to help see the United States economy grow once again. The overall goal for everyone is to see COVID-19 become a distant memory and for things to get back to normal.