TUESDAY, May 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — In an effort to boost COVID-19 vaccination numbers, Ohio officials said they will hold a weekly lottery in which five adult residents who have received at least their first dose of a vaccine will receive $1 million each.

“Two weeks from tonight, on May 26th, we will announce a winner of a separate drawing for adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. This announcement will occur each Wednesday for five weeks, and the winner each Wednesday will receive one million dollars,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tweeted Wednesday, CBS News reported.

All Ohio residents who are older than 18 years of age and have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible. Also, there will be a separate lottery for scholarships for those younger than 18 years who are vaccinated. One winner will be selected each week for five weeks beginning May 26, CBS News reported.

“The winner will receive a full, four-year scholarship to our State of Ohio universities,” DeWine said. “This will include tuition, room and board, and books.”

He also announced Wednesday that the state health department will lift social distancing and mask mandates on June 2, except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but he noted that individual businesses and schools will still be able to enforce their own rules, CBS News reported.

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