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More than 2 million people register for first Vax-a-Million drawing

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 3:36 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) -Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that more than 2 million people have registered for the Vax-a-Million sweepstakes.

The governor announced on May 12 that every Ohio adult age 18 and over is eligible to win one of five $1 million prizes.

A separate contest for Ohio teens ages 12-17 will offer five full four-year scholarships to any state university in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud and Director of the Ohio Lottery Pat McDonald announced last week that those who have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must opt-in online or by phone prior to the drawing date. Once you opt-in, you do not have to do it again.

The deadline to register for the first drawing was Sunday night and the winners will be announced Wednesday. The first drawing is scheduled for 7:29 p.m. Wednesday.

Those who would like to register for future drawings can still register.

Gov. DeWine says after announcing the promotion, the state has seen the highest vaccination increase in the 16 and 17 year age group.

More than 100,000 younger Ohioans have registered for the scholarship drawings.

The governor announced on May 12 that all health orders will go away by June 2 due to the decrease in COVID-19 cases.

The restrictions will remain for those living in nursing homes and assisted living, health care settings, traveling on public transportation, and for businesses that choose to require masks.

Gov. DeWine said Monday that it will be up to the schools to decide if they want students to wear masks.

CPS announced last week they will enforce their mask policy through the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

Any student who is not vaccinated and is exposed to someone who tested positive with the virus should quarantine, Gov. Dewine said. Those who are vaccinated and are exposed to someone who tested positive do not need to quarantine as of June 2.

Although this is not a state order, the governor says it is the “standard infection control practice.”

Those who are under the age of 12 still cannot receive the vaccine. The governor says that schools should take that into consideration when trying to decide if students should wear masks.

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