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Ohio’s first Vax-a-Million winner is in Greater Cincinnati

The state announced two winners – the winner of $1 million and the winner of a full-ride scholarship to an Ohio university.
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 6:34 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The winner of Ohio’s first Vax-a-Million drawing is a Hamilton County resident, Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton.

The winner of the four-year scholarship is Joseph Costello of Englewood.

Each person who registered for the drawing was assigned a number, and the winner was selected by a random number generator on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the Ohio Lottery. The winners’ vaccine status was then verified by the Ohio Department of Health.

The winners do not know they’ve won until their names are announced.

Winners will be announced every Wednesday starting May 26 for five weeks.

Once a person is registered, they do not have to register again.

According to Gov. Mike DeWine, so far, 2,758,470 have registered for a $1 million prize and 104,386 have registered for the scholarship.

FOX19 NOW spoke to the governor live on Wednesday ahead of the drawing:

Here are the eligibility requirements for the vaccine sweepstakes:

  • You must be at least 12 years old
  • Must be a living citizen of the United States and a permanent resident of the State of Ohio.
  • Cannot be incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States.
  • Must not be an employee or officer of the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Department of Health or the Ohio Governor’s Office, or any blood relative or spouse of such an employee or officer living as a member of the employee’s or officer’s household.
  • Must have received at least the first COVID-19 vaccination if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to the drawing date.

Officials say that winners will be removed from the list to win in the following week’s drawing. Winners will have to provide vaccination records.

The winner will be responsible for the taxes and will not be able to remain anonymous.

They will receive a lump sum payment from the Ohio Department of Health.

If you didn’t opt-in for the first drawing, you can still enter ahead of the other drawings.

You can enter online or by phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

The final drawing will be on June 23.

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