COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio residents who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination and haven’t yet entered the first Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to call (1-833-427-5634) or register online.
The Ohio Department of Health says Ohioans only need to register once to be eligible for all five drawings.
“One of the reasons I was here today was to thank parents, thank teenager, to thank them for getting the vaccine,” DeWine said Saturday while visiting a vaccine clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The winners of the first $1 million prize for adults and a full-ride scholarship to an Ohio state school for teenagers will be announced Wednesday, May 26. Winners for the next four weeks will be announced on subsequent Wednesdays at approximately 7:29 p.m.
Many people said Saturday that they are already signed up, but they’re hoping others will do the same.
“I thought it was a great incentive for people to get the vaccine that hadn’t got it, but for those of us that already got vaccinated, why not try to win a million dollars,” said Columbus resident Adrienne Earley.
And some of those who are signed up have plans for the money should they win.
“Probably look at buying a house or something like that,” said Columbus’ Tyler Akins.
“I would definitely get a new car,” said Gabe Pritchett.
“I’ll share it with my husband and my kid,” Earley said.
Cleveland resident Sam Swindell said he’s still trying to convince those who haven’t gotten the vaccine yet to do so by Sunday’s deadline.
“I do know somebody who’s been on the fence about it, and I think at this point, he’s just like, ‘Well, why not?’” he said. “Cause if I can, maybe, enter for a million and people can stop hounding me, then sure.”
Student Emily Gonzalez said the chance at either the million dollars or the full-ride scholarship is what helped motivate her as well.
“If I won the million dollars, I would be paying for my college, or at least start with paying my college,” she said.
Ohio Vax-a-Million is a public outreach campaign designed to encourage Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination rates are up 28% since the campaign roll-out, according to ODH.
ODH says more than one million Ohioans have registered so far, although some 5.1 million Ohioans are eligible to win.
The announcement of the winners will air on NBC 4.