COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is warning Ohioans not to be fooled by potential scammers looking to take advantage of people registering for the Vax-a-million lottery.

Vax-a-Million is a public health campaign intended to encourage Ohioans to become vaccinated and enter for the chance to win $1 million for adults, and a full-ride state college scholarship for teens.

The state reminds residents that there are only two ways to enter Vax-a-Million: either online at or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Tips to avoid scammers:

  • Do not follow suspicious URLs or call other phone numbers to enter
  • Do not provide social security numbers or other private information
  • Don’t replay to an email, text message, or social media direct message with personal information
  • Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to pay to enter
  • Don’t provide credit card or other payment information
  • Be careful clicking internet links that look suspicious. When in doubt, type in

Signs that a scammer is trying to target you:

  • Misspelled words
  • Incorrect grammar
  • References to a “sweepstakes”
  • The “from” email address looks suspicious
  • The URL listed is not
  • The phone number listed is not 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).