[Daily Wire] The first recipients of Ohio’s vaccination incentive program were announced Wednesday night, including a lottery winner of $1 million and a teen who won a full scholarship to college.
As The Associated Press reported, “The winners were selected in a random drawing Monday and had their information confirmed before the formal announcement at the end of the Ohio Lottery’s Cash Explosion TV show.”
“The lottery announced that Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton near Cincinnati was the $1 million winner, while Joseph Costello of Englewood near Dayton was the college scholarship winner,” noted the AP.
“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,” said Republican Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine.
“A whirlwind,” Bugenske, 22, said Thursday morning during a press conference. “It absolutely has not processed yet. I am still digesting it — and I like to say that it feels like this is happening to a different person. I cannot believe it.”
“Very excited,” Costello said as he sat with his parents.
More states across the country have followed the example of Ohio, with Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, and New York state announcing that they will provide residents with the ability to receive prizes if they get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) announced his state’s contest in a presser [earlier this month], while standing next to a man dressed in a lottery-ball suit, reports The New York Times. Beginning May 25, one Maryland resident will be selected to win $40,000 every day until the Fourth of July, at which point a final jackpot of $400,000 will be awarded.”
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