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Mike DeWine. Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Wednesday announced multiple monetary incentives for residents who get vaccinated for COVID-19 as he lifted pandemic health orders statewide.

Why it matters: DeWine noted that 42% of Ohioans have been fully vaccinated. The incentive programs align with a drop in vaccine demand in recent weeks.

  • In April, more than 80,000 people sought vaccines on a weekly basis. That figure has now dropped to about 16,500, per CNBC.

How it works: A weekly drawing for adults who have received "at least" their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will span five weeks, and each winner will receive $1 million.

  • DeWine said people who've gotten the vaccine will be eligible to win, which will be paid for by federal coronavirus funds.

Of note: Among vaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds, DeWine said the government will hold a drawing for a full scholarship to a four-year state college, and will pay for "tuition, room-and-board, and books."

  • The first drawing will take place in two weeks with a single winner. There will be a total of five scholarship drawings, benefiting five hopeful students.

What he's saying: "The pool of names for the 'Ohio Vax-a-Million' drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State's publicly available voter registration database," DeWine said in a statement, adding that further details will be available in the coming days.

  • "I know that some may say, 'DeWine, you're crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,'" he continued.
  • "But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who want it — is a life lost to COVID-19."

The big picture: Other states have pushed incentives for residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, with West Virginia offering $100 saving bonds to 16- to 35-year-olds. But Ohio would provide the biggest payout by far.

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What's happening: Friday was Florida's worst day yet for coronavirus, with the state reporting 21,683 new cases — the highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.

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New data shows that combined global investment in renewable energy companies and projects just had its best first half of any year.

Driving the news: The first six months of 2021 saw the investment of $174 billion amid record amounts of public market financing, venture capital and private equity, per the research firm BloombergNEF.

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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack is out at Blizzard, two weeks after being named in an explosive lawsuit by the state of California involving misconduct at the company.

Why it matters: This is the most concrete reaction Activision Blizzard management has taken since the scandal broke and one taken in advance of executives taking live calls from analysts later today.