Ohio is set to announce the next winners of its Vaccine Lottery incentive, including an adult who will take home $1 million and a child who will receive a full college scholarship.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio residents who were recently vaccinated may want to answer their phone Wednesday, even if the number isn’t familiar. It could be Ohio Gov. Mike Devin on the other end.
The Ohio Lottery plans to announce the next winners of the state’s Wax-a-Million Vaccination Incentive Prize at 7:29 p.m. Wednesday at the end of the lottery’s Cash Explosion TV show.
Wednesday is also the day the last statewide orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus were in place, including statewide mask orders and social distancing requirements for unvaccinated individuals – and restaurant table seating limits. DeWine continues to urge people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to wear a mask if not vaccinated.
After Wednesday only virus-related restrictions will remain in place, including those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But businesses and schools will still require masks and social distancing if they choose to do so.
Last week’s $1 million winner Abigail Bugenske became aware of her good fortune just minutes before her name came when Devin called as she was on her way to her parents’ home in suburban Cleveland.
College scholarship winner Joseph Costello’s mother was leaving work when the governor called and had to sit down, she was shocked.
More than 3.2 million Ohioans registered their names for a shot at $1 million, up from the 2.8 million registered for last week’s drawing. More than 133,000 children enrolled for the scholarship, up from just over 104,000 last week.
The names were actually generated on Monday using a random number generator, to leave time for recipients to confirm eligibility. Vax-A-Million is open to permanent Ohio residents who have received either the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first part of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
After Wednesday night, three more $1 million and college scholarship winners will be announced each Wednesday for the next three weeks.
Devin, a Republican, announced the program on May 12 to promote lagging vaccination rates.
Participants must register to enter by phone or through the Wax-A-Million website. Teenagers can register themselves, but parents or legal guardians must verify their eligibility. The names of the winning entrants will be carried forward week by week. The new registration deadline is just before midnight on Sunday.
More than 5.3 million people in Ohio had begun the vaccination process at least this week, or about 45% of the state. About 4.7 million people are being vaccinated, or about 40% of the state’s population. Nationally, more than 168 million Americans have started the vaccination process, or about 51% of the population. More than 135 million are fully vaccinated, or about 41%.
Devin’s proposal inspired similar vaccine-promoting lotteries in Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York state and Oregon.
Vaccinated residents in New Mexico who register on the state’s new “Vax 2 the Max” portal can win a $10 million prize pool, including a $5 million grand prize, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday. declare.
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