Ohio woman wins first $1 mil. vaccination prize

A woman in the US state of Ohio has won the first one-million-dollar prize to encourage coronavirus vaccinations.

State officials say she was among the 2.75 million people who have signed up for the lottery. Ohio residents aged 18 or older who have received at least one vaccine dose are eligible for the weekly drawing.

The woman said she screamed loudly when she heard the news. She said she has no plans to quit her job as a mechanical engineer, and she will invest most of the prize money.

The state also announced the winner of a separate lottery for 12 to 17-year-old children who have been vaccinated. The winner will receive a four-year scholarship to a state university, including tuition, room and board, and books.

State officials say the daily number of vaccine recipients had been on the decline, but is increasing again after the state announced the introduction of the lottery, and has surpassed 30,000.

Vaccination incentive programs are also available in other parts of the United States. The rewards include free beers and Major League tickets.