WKYC.com will post the winning names weekly, so be sure to check back and see if you’re one of the lucky winners.

Columbus, Ohio- Editor’s Note: The video in the player above was originally posted on May 13, 2021.

What would you do with $1 million? Five lucky people will soon find out as Ohio launches its “Vax-a-Million” contest, which is a lottery-style incentive to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

HOW TO ENTER

Days before the first draw, state officials revealed a “notable” update on how the million dollar draws will play out. Instead of using voter rolls, which was previously announced, all Ohioans who wish to be considered for the $1 million prize MUST enter the contest in one of the following ways:

  • Enter online by visiting www.OhioVaxAMillion.com.
  • Call the Ohio Department of Health call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The call center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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You only need to enter once to be considered for all five draws. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

The deadline to participate in the first draw was Sunday, May 23. If you missed the first deadline, you can still register at any time to be considered for future draws. The deadline for each week, however, is the Sunday before the scheduled draw.

NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of this story for a document with full contest rules.

WHAT ABOUT THE FREE COLLEGE CONTEST FOR OHIO 12-17 YEAR OLDS?

Vax-a-Million also includes a weekly draw for ages 12-17 who can win a full four-year scholarship with room and board, tuition, and books at any college or university in the state. from Ohio. This contest is also opt-in only using the same methods listed above.

WHEN ARE THE DRAWINGS?

Starting May 26, the million dollar winners will be revealed every Wednesday night at 7:29 p.m. in the traditional Ohio Lottery draw. The draws will take place on the following dates:

  • May 26: Meet the first winners HERE.
  • June 2: Meet the second winners HERE.
  • June 9: Meet the third winners HERE.
  • June 16
  • June 23

WKYC.com will publish the names of the winners weekly, so be sure to check our site to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

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AM I ELIGIBLE?

The million dollar contest is open to all Ohio residents age 18 and older, regardless of where they were vaccinated. So if you are a permanent resident of Ohio and received your vaccine in Florida, you ARE eligible to enter the contest. To win the million dollars, you must prove that you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is the full list of eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a living citizen of the United States and a permanent resident of the State of Ohio.
  • Must be at least 12 years old for the college competition. Must be at least 18 years old for the $1 million contest.
  • Must not be incarcerated (jail 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, nor a blood relative or spouse of any such 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, prior to the draw date.

“By submitting an application for Vax-a-Million, you agree to allow the Ohio Department of Health to access your immunization records to verify that you have received a vaccine,” officials said. State. “You may also be asked to provide your vaccination record for verification.”

WHAT IF I WIN?

You will be contacted by state officials after your name is announced. The $1 million prize will be paid out as a lump sum. The winning names will be announced publicly – but as this is an opt-in competition only, privacy-conscious people are not obliged to enter.

“Vaccination records will be checked for winners,” state officials said.

All winners will also be responsible for paying taxes associated with the prize.

HOW WILL THE DRAWINGS WORK?

Each person who enters will be assigned a unique number. A computer will then randomly pick one of those numbers as the winner, according to Ohio Lottery Manager Pat McDonald.

“We will select a winner and we will have alternates,” McDonald explained. “As we submit these names to the Ministry of Health, they will go and review all the eligibility requirements and make sure the person is vaccinated.”

WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

Stephanie McCloud, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said using the opt-in method gives the ODH the ability to verify participants’ eligibility and vaccinations more quickly.

“In the opt-in, we ask participants to provide contact information that the Secretary of State may consider optional for voter registration and they may not have provided it,” he said. she declared. “It could slow down our ability to locate them, and obviously we want to get things done as quickly as possible. We want to be able to contact them and verify them within 48 hours.”

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IS THIS COMPETITION A CORRUPTION TO BE VACCINATED?

Some have questioned this incentive as a corrupt method to get more people vaccinated. McCloud, however, disagrees.

“We don’t pay people,” she said. “You’re not guaranteed to win anything. We don’t meet you at the vaccination site, slipping you a $20 or a C-note to get the shot.”

She added that this is a “bold move” to raise awareness about vaccines.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?

“The Ohio Department of Health is using federally funded coronavirus relief funds to fund this innovative public awareness campaign and initiative,” according to an ODH press release. “The Ohio Department of Health is using a portion of its coronavirus relief funds to fund this innovative public awareness campaign and initiative. The U.S. Treasury, under the leadership of Presidents Trump and Biden, has authorized funds for COVID-19 response purposes. Ohio is using a portion of its unspent funds to share information about the availability and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and to encourage other Ohioans to get vaccinated to stop disease and boost our public health and continued economic recovery.

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The Ohio Vaccination Lottery update was revealed during a Monday morning press conference, which we streamed live in the player below:

FULL OFFICIAL VAX-A-MILLION CONTEST RULES:


OHIO VAX-A-MILLION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


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