Study: Ohio's vaccine lottery did nothing to increase shots

In late June, DeWine crowed, “Vax-a-million has been a great success.”

But according to a new study, an early jump in vaccination rates following the announcement of the lottery came not from the gimmick but from the expansion of qualifying ages to include teens. And lotteries in other states also failed to produce any measurable results.

“There were 37.2 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States between April 28 and July 1, 2021, including 19.2 million in states that announced cash drawings,” the study’s authors wrote. “Estimates of the association between an announcement and vaccination rates were very small in magnitude and statistically indistinguishable from zero… No statistically significant association was detected between a cash-drawing announcement and the number of vaccinations before or after the announcement date, a period that included announcements of lottery winners for most lottery states.”