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All It Takes Is A Vaccine And A Dream

The landing page for the registration website for vax-a-million drawings.
Ohio Lottery Commission
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State Of Ohio
Ohioans can register online at ohiovaxamillion.com for the weekly $1 million drawings.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the increase in vaccinations and publicity for Ohio's Vax-a-Million drawing.

Who Want To Be A Millionaire?

Since last week's announcement of the million-dollar drawings for getting vaccinated there have been some changes. The state wanted to just use voter registration roles and pick names, but now they have switched to a website. Residents have to manually enter to win and must give permission for the state to access their health records.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine admits the whole thing sounds a little silly, but he’s open to anything that helps.

And people are registering. The site got 25 million visits within hours of going live. Officials said more than a million Ohioans have registered and after three weeks of declines in the state’s vaccination rate, the state is seeing a slight surge in people between the ages of 30 and 64.

Snollygoster Of The Week

It seems some folks can't help themselves from comparing one thing or another to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

This week, State Rep. Jennifer Gross of suburban Cincinnati introduced the Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act. It would prohibit businesses and schools from requiring their employees or customers to get vaccinated.

In defending the bill, Gross called businesses requiring proof of vaccination "eerily similar” to Nazi’s forcing Jews to wear yellow Star of David patches.

Ironically, it is the state of Israel that mandated vaccines to participate in leisure activities. They even called it the Green Badge System and it has had great success getting people vaccinated and stopping the spread of COVID.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.