Other states like West Virginia followed in Ohio's lead after the lottery was announced.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio (KDKA) – In an effort to get people vaccinated, the state of Ohio offered millions of dollars in its Vax-a-Million Lottery. But a new study found it didn’t help vaccination rates improve.

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Researchers looked at vaccine rates in Ohio after the prize was announced in May compared to rates in states that did not offer lottery incentives and found the numbers were very similar.

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Experts say the money could have been spent on other ways to address vaccine hesitancy.

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Other states like West Virginia, Maryland and New York followed Ohio’s lead.