COLUMBUS (WCMH) – There are some big winners in central Ohio Monday after the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced the first winners of the Vax-2-School COVID-19 vaccine incentive program.

Six of the first 30 $10,000 scholarship winners live in central Ohio.

Madeline Sines and her mother could not stop smiling when they heard Madeline was one of those 30.

“I was shocked,” said Madeline’s mother, Amy. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Madeline, a Fairbanks Middle School eighth-grade student, was at home watching Netflix when her mom Facetimed her.

Madeline received her vaccine in September and didn’t even know she was signed up for the Vax-2-School lottery.

ODH data shows almost 13.5 percent of Ohioans ages 5-11, 44.6 percent of those 12-17, and 52 percent of those 19-29 have started the vaccination process. Neighboring states Michigan and Pennsylvania track using some slightly different age ranges, but numbers are relatively similar.

The scholarship can be put toward any Ohio college, university, or trade school.

“I didn’t know what to think of it,” Madeline said. “I didn’t really know what it could do, but hearing what it can, it sounds really good.”

And at only 13, she has some ideas.

“I want to go to Ohio State University and if I could, I want to be a lawyer,” Madeline said.

Amy is a teacher and said she knows firsthand how the pandemic has affected students. She said her children would have gotten the shots without the incentive, but calls Monday’s announcement a huge bonus.

Amy was so excited to tell her daughter, she couldn’t wait until she got home, hence the Facetime call.

“I was like, this is huge financially for her dad and I when she gets to college, to help us out and it goes in a 529 account is my understanding and so that’ll be great to have in there,” Amy said.

Five more $10,000 winners will be announced each day through and including Friday, with the five $100,000 grand prize winners being announced Friday night during the state’s lottery broadcast.

While registration for the $10,000 prizes is closed, Ohioans between the ages of 5-25 who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can register for the five grand prizes. The deadline to do that is Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11:59 p.m.

Eligible residents can register online or by telephone by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian register for them.