Starting on May 26, the Ohio Lottery Commission will announce the winner of a drawing for adults who have received at least the first dose of a Wuhan virus vaccine. The announcement will take place during the evening lottery timeslot at 7:29 p.m. A total of 5 drawings will take place over 5 weeks. Each winner will receive $1 million.
The list of people in the lottery pool will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration database. A website will also be available to sign up for people are not already in the database.
Just wait: there is something racist about all this.
The Ohio Department of Health will sponsor the drawing and it will be conducted by the Ohio Lottery. The money will from existing federal pandemic relief funds. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced this brainstorm during a statewide televised address.
Calling it “Ohio Vax-a-Million”—yes, it’s really called that—DeWine channeled local used-car salesmen, tweeting, “I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.” But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to COVID-19.'”
Besides, Ohio gets to start kids out early relying on the state-sponsored con known as the lottery. Ethics Alarms has consistently objected to state schemes that amount to paying people to do what they should do as a matter of social responsibility, citizenship and basic decency. Substituting non-ethical considerations for what shouldn’t require consideration at all is reinforcing unethical habits and anti-social thinking. Paying kids to go to school, do their homework, get good grades, not speed on the highways, stay out of jail, not get pregnant—these have all been tried. It’s a dubious short-term solution with toxic long-term consequences.
And, of course, these same kinds of incentives can be used to promote other government-dictated objectives that are a lot more sinister than getting the public vaccinated.
Use your imagination. I guarantee government bureaucrats will use theirs.