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OHIO (WJW) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unrolled incentives including a weekly $1 million lottery prize and drawings for college scholarships to encourage people to get vaccinated. 

With coronavirus health orders in Ohio to be lifted June 2, DeWine’s bid is designed to prevent unnecessary loss of life.

“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 during a primetime address.

Who is eligible for the lottery drawings?

Starting Tuesday, May 18, people could register at or 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Ohioans aged 18 and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing will be entered into all five drawings for $1 million each.

When will the lottery drawings take place?

A total of five weekly drawings for each $1 million prize will take place, with the first winners announced on May 26. More on those first winners, here. The announcements will be made on Wednesdays at 7:29 p.m.

How do you register for the lottery drawings?

You can register at or 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Who is eligible for the scholarships?

Ohioans under the age of 18 who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be entered into a drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio’s state colleges and universities. The prize includes full tuition, room and board.

How do you register for the scholarship drawings?

Starting Tuesday, May 18, you can register at or 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

When will the scholarship drawings take place?

A total of five weekly drawings will take place. The first winners were announced on May 26.

How will the drawings be funded?

The drawings will be administered by the Ohio Department of Health, with technical assistance from the Ohio Lottery Commission, and will be funded through existing allocations to the Ohio Department of Health of unexpended coronavirus relief funds.

How can I watch?

You can watch the drawings on FOX 8 and every Wednesday at 7:29 p.m. Remaining dates are June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23.