The drawing is operated by the Ohio Lottery and collects residents’ names from the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration database. DeWine added that the state would create a web page for signing up and posting more guidelines on how to subscribe this week.
DeWine also announced a separate drawing for 12 to 17 year old vaccinated Ohio residents. On May 18, the state will open an electronic portal for those who meet the criteria to register to receive a four-year scholarship – including tuition, room, meals, and books – at an Ohio public university. The first winner will be announced on May 26th, with the state announcing a new winner each week for a total of five weeks.
“Everyone has their part in getting more Ohioans vaccinated,” DeWine said in a speech on Wednesday evening. “So tonight, I’m asking companies across Ohio to come up and provide incentives to get more people vaccinated.”
The drawings come as Both administration wrestles with vaccination strategy while the demand for the vaccine slows. Some incentives include paid vacation and free rides with Lyft and Uber to get the vaccine as well free food and drinks.
Former Ohio MP Jim Renacci, a Republican, responded to DeWine’s announcement, saying the governor hopped on the “socialist” free college “belt truck.”
“Offering a 4-year scholarship for all expenses to get CHILDREN vaccinated is a pointless waste of taxpayer money that no true Conservative would ever support.” Renacci tweeted. “Ohioans deserve better!”
Renacci’s tweet comes after Brad Parscale, campaign manager for former President Donald Trump. announced on Wednesday that he advises the former lawmaker possibly to challenge DeWine in the Ohio governor’s elementary school.