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.READ MORE: 2nd Penn State Student Dies From COVID-19
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.READ MORE: Living Life To The Fullest: Local Businessman Thriving Thanks To Breakthrough Treatment For SMA
Experts say the money could have been spent on other ways to address vaccine hesitancy.MORE NEWS: McKeesport Police Searching For Missing 13-Year-Old Thomas Grier
Other states like West Virginia, Maryland and New York followed Ohio’s lead.