Meet Ohio’s second Vax-a-Million winners

Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:01 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo in Lucas County won the second $1 million prize Wednesday night.

Zoie Vincent, a senior from Mayfield Village in Cuyahoga County won the second student full-ride scholarship. It includes tuition for four years, all books and room and board at an Ohio public university or college.

She said she is interested in going to a school that is focused on medicine.

One of the winners, Carlyle, told our sister station in Toledo, WTVG, the Vax-a-Million contest motivated him to get vaccinated.

He also said he initially missed the governor’s phone call.

“I was checking out from work,” said Carlyle, who works as a delivery driver for Amazon. “So I had to call him back. It’s overwhelming. I don’t know what to do. I’m still dreaming. I got a lot of bills to pay. So that’s the first thing that’s gong to happen.”

He said he can’t explain how he’s feeling after the win.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me. We want to find our forever home and beyond that I want someone to help me make this last. It’s a foundation for my family,” Carlyle said.

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There will be three more drawings for the $1 million or full-ride scholarship to any Ohio college.

Winners will be announced every Wednesday with the final one being June 23.

To register for the Vax-a-Million drawing, click here, or call 833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 before the drawing date.

Winners will have to provide vaccination records.

If you did not opt-in for the first two drawings, you can still enter ahead of the other drawings.

Those who are eligible for the next drawing have until 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, June 6 to register.

Abbigail Bugenske, 22, of Silverton, was the inaugural winner of the $1 million prize.

Joseph Costello, 14, of Englewood, won a four-year scholarship to a state university or college in the first drawing.


More than 50 percent of Ohio’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however, Gov. DeWine encouraged more Ohioans, especially those in the 18 to 59 age range, to get vaccinated.

Despite the lift in pandemic-related restrictions, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, reminded Ohioans that the unvaccinated, including everyone under the age of 12, are still at risk.

“COVID remains a very real danger to every unvaccinated Ohioan,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “We often think of COVID as being benign for children, but it is now one of the top 10 causes of death for children in the United States. Vaccination is our best protection against COVID, and we really owe it not just to ourselves to get vaccinated, but to all we care about, including those who are not yet able to be vaccinated. While it is true that younger Ohioans may not have the level of risk that older Ohioans have, bad things can happen to people of any age who get COVID-19.”

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