Dan Tierney, a spokesperson for Mr DeWine, said in an email Wednesday evening that the state had not sought or required federal government advice on the lottery program.
Requests for comment to the US Treasury Department and the White House did not receive an immediate response on Wednesday.
Mr DeWine said the lottery would be open to residents 18 and over who received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He also announced that five teenagers would be eligible for a full scholarship at one of the state’s public universities under a similar lottery program.
Several states and cities, struggling to fill vaccine appointments as demand declines, are looking to a range of not-so-subtle incentives to get vaccinated in the arms of more people. Americans.
In one of the most publicized plans to increase immunization rates, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, said last month that the state would give $ 100 savings bonds to young people in 16 to 35 years old who get a Covid-19. vaccine. Mr Justice later said he was considering other incentives amid the difficulties of trying to set up a savings bond program, WVNews reported.
New Jersey is offering a “shot and a beer” to residents who receive their first dose of vaccine in May and visit participating breweries across the state. Detroit distributes $ 50 prepaid cards to anyone who drives a resident to a vaccination site. And to encourage state employees to get vaccinated, Maryland is offering a payment of $ 100, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday.