Thinking about moving to a new city? Then you should start considering Ohio because the state is offering cash prizes of up to one million dollars to five recipients of COVID-19 vaccines!

Announced by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the lottery is open to only adult residents of the state who have had a vaccine with the first weekly drawing beginning on May 26, 2021, and continues every Wednesday for the following five weeks.

If you are thinking, “where is this money coming from?” Well, the lottery will be paid for by the federal coronavirus relief funds. The lottery was launched by the state government as an incentive for residents to take up jabs.

Unlike other states offering seemingly meager things like free beer, gift cards, NFL locker room access, and other various promotions, Ohio’s big-ticket lottery trumps them all. 

Many across the nation have received vaccine shots, which keeps them safe but have a painful needle prick to contend with. This reward ensures Ohioans get a jab and a great reward for taking one. What could be better than protecting yourself, your family, and friends and getting rewarded for it?

The pool of names for the drawing will be taken from the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration database. However, residents who don’t have their names in the states’ voter database can also sign up on a website that will launch on May 18.

As if that is not enough, the state is also offering a lottery for vaccinated residents under the age of 18. Instead of 1 million dollars, though, five vaccinated teenagers could win a full four-year scholarship to one of Ohio’s state universities, which include tuition, room-and-board, and books.

With an opportunity to win $1 million dollars and free scholarships, this is surely a great time to be an Ohio resident.

The initiative is to encourage vaccination as the number of people seeking vaccines has been dropping in recent weeks with just about a quarter of the state population vaccinated, which shows there is still a long way to go.

As laid down restrictions and mandates draw close to being removed in June, the dwindling vaccination figures indicate that people may not be viewing the pandemic as seriously as before. 

The coronavirus is still a real threat. It is important that safety and prevention measures are still being taken and that people seek out vaccination centers.

Finally, if you need to learn more about the coronavirus in Ohio or speak virtually to a professional about your situation, you can easily sign up for exclusive services like National Coronavirus Hotline that provide the latest information and have professionals who are always at your beck and call.


Jennifer Billings is the Medical Editor at National Coronavirus Hotline(NCH). She is an Integrated medical doctor who has been published on NCH Blog, Medium.com and is a regular contributor at MedCity News, Physician Family, and Psychology Today.