OHIO — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Lottery Commission will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday with plans to release the rules for the state's "Vax-a-Million" lottery.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced the lottery Wednesday with the goal of getting residents vaccinated, especially those who may be hesitant. Individuals who receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to win one of five $1 million prizes. They'll be given away once a week starting May 26.
DeWine also announced the state will be giving out full-ride scholarships for any public Ohio college or university. Ohioans who are between 12-17 and have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, and covers and cost of textbooks. Drawings will be held each week also starting May 26. Students can sign up for the drawings electronically on May 18. Details on how to sign up have yet to be provided.
A little more than 37% of Ohio's population is completely vaccinated, whereas 42% have received the first dose, according to ODH. The state expanded eligibility for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children between the ages 12 to 15 Thursday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the companies extended emergency use authorization.