Ohio woman wins $  1 million jackpot and teen wins full scholarship in vaccine lotteries

Abbigail Bugenske of southwestern Ohio took home $ 1 million after she entered the drawing along with more than 2.7 million other 预防针 Ohioans.

Four more drawings will take place over the next month as more residents get vaccinated.

Joseph Costello, a Dayton-area teenager, also won the first full-ride scholarship to any Ohio state 学院 as part of the lottery for 12- to 17-year-olds who have been vaccinated. Four more scholarships will be given out over the coming weeks.


We’re excited that this has inspired so many Ohioans to get vaccinated, and we’re thrilled to announce the winners of the first round of drawings,” 政府. 迈克·德威恩 星期三说.

Health officials nationwide have come up with creative ways to incentivize holdouts – including cash handouts, free beer, and doughnuts – but Ohio was the first state to set up prizes in the seven figures.

Multiple other states have followed suit, including Colorado, 纽约, 俄勒冈州, and Maryland.

科罗拉多州 政府. Jared Polis announced a similar lottery to Ohio with five $ 1 million prizes. 纽约州政府. Andrew Cuomo announced that everyone who gets vaccinated will get a 自由 $ 20 scratch-off with a grand prize of up to $ 5 百万.

Ohio’s plan appears to be working as the number of residents who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine jumped 33% in the week following the lottery announcement, according to an Associated Press analysis of state data.

关于 5.2 million Ohioans, 要么 44.74% of the state, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 和 39.19% are fully vaccinated.


Nationwide, 多于 165 百万 Americans have received at least one dose, which is nearly 50% of the population.

总统 乔·拜登 set a goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4. Pennsylvania became the 10th state in the nation to hit that threshold Wednesday, along with Vermont, 夏威夷, 新罕布什尔, 马萨诸塞州, 康乃狄克州, 缅因州, 新泽西州, 新墨西哥, and Pennsylvania.

另一个 10 states are above 65%, according to White House senior adviser 安迪·斯拉维特(Andy Slavitt).