Ohio Lottery today draws fourth Vax-a-Million winner

What you should know about the drawings:

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The Ohio Vax-a-Million Campaign awards five $ 1 million prizes and five full college scholarships to Ohioans 12 and older who have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine over five weeks.

Ohioans 18 and older are eligible for the $ 1 million award, and residents between 12 and 17 years of age are eligible for the scholarship.

The scholarships include room and board, tuition, and books for four years at any Ohio State college, university, or technical or business school. The scholarship winners choose the school they attend. However, winning the scholarship does not guarantee admission to a school.

The state will work with any winners who wish to attend a private university in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine previously said.

The winners of the million dollar prize are responsible for paying associated taxes.

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The fourth drawing is scheduled for today, June 14th.

The Ohio Lottery uses a random number generator to select the winners. This is a computer that randomly picks a winner and changes with each drawing.

While the public will not be able to see the drawing, a representative from the Ohio Auditor’s Office will be present.

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Before each drawing, the status scrolls through entries to remove duplicates.

Once the computer has selected a winning number, it is entered into the database to determine the winner. Then the drawing staff and the representative of the auditors sign the drawing.

The next and last drawing is scheduled for June 21st.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the random number generator’s draws, watch the Ohio Lottery video below:

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The fourth round of the $ 1 Million Prize and College Scholarship winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 16.

The winners will be announced on TV and online at 7:29 p.m. at https://ohiovaxamillion.com/prizes-schedule.html.

Additional winners will be announced on June 23rd.

The Ohio Department of Health will use the time between the drawing and the nomination of the winners to verify that the winners are valid entrants and meet the campaign rules. If a winner rejects the award or is ineligible, the state will choose the first alternative, and so on until a valid winner is found.

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To register, visit https://ohiovaxamillion.com/index.html and select “Adult Registration” for the $ 1 million drawing or “12-17 Year Old Registration” for the college scholarship drawing.

Attendees can also call the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. to enroll.

To be eligible, entrants must be a permanent resident of Ohio and a U.S. citizen who has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine on the Sunday prior to the draw date. Participants must be 12 years or older.

Entrants do not need to have been vaccinated in Ohio to be eligible, however ODH will require proof of vaccination.

Eligible residents can only enter once. Entries that are not selected are automatically adopted in the next drawing.

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Ohio has announced six winners in the three draws so far.

The winners of the US $ 1 million award include Mark Cline from Union County, Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo and Abbigail Bugenski from Hamilton County. Sara Afaneh from Lorain County, Zoie Vincent from Cuyahoga County and Joseph Costello from Englewood won the scholarships.

While Cline was excited to win a million dollars, he said it was more about getting the vaccine.

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“I hope everyone makes the decision to get it,” he said.

Anafeh, who will be in eighth grade next year, said she was thinking about going to college but not thinking about going to school yet.

Carlyle plans to use the price to buy a home for his family, which includes his 5 month old son.

“That’s so welcome,” he said. “I can’t explain how much pressure this will take.”

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Vincent is a high school graduate next year and has already started thinking about college and its future.

“I’m definitely interested in medicine,” she said.

Vincent is considering Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University for college, but is also looking at other schools.

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Bugenske, who won a million dollars, said she thought it was a prank when she heard she won, and Costello said he hadn’t really processed it yet.

Costello isn’t sure what to study at college, but is considering Miami University or Ohio State University.

Bugenske said she has plans to buy a used car and donate and invest a portion of the $ 1 million prize in charity.

DeWine said last week that more information about additional vaccine incentives and pricing should come in the next few days.

“We have some additional incentives and things that the private sector has been working on,” he said.

Some private companies and organizations in the state have already announced their own rewards for vaccination.

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In May, Kroger announced its own $ 1 million freebies and one year free groceries. The grocery chain is giving away $ 1 million to five people and free groceries to 50 people.

To sign up, visit https://krogergiveaway.com/.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a vaccination clinic tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone who receives the vaccine will get free entry to the zoo that day.

A Green County Public Health vaccine clinic offered patients a day off at the shooting range over the weekend, and in April, the Cincinnati Reds offered discounted tickets to fans who presented proof of vaccination.

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