FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2021
Contact: ODH Office of Communications (614) 644-8562
Danielle Frizzi-Babb, Ohio Lottery (216) 774-5685
Final Ohio Vax-a-Million Winner Announcement is This Wednesday
Ohio Lottery conducts final Vax-a-Million drawing ahead of June 23 announcement
COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Lottery conducted the final of five weekly Ohio Vax-a-Million drawings at the Ohio Lottery’s draw studio in Cleveland.
This week’s drawing included 3,469,542 adult entries in the drawing for $1 million, and 154,889 Ohioans age 12 to 17 entered the drawing for a college scholarship. That marks an increase of 41,028 adult entries and 4,702 scholarship entries from the previous week.
More than 5.5 million Ohioans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 550,000 Ohioans beginning the vaccination process since May 13, the day following Governor DeWine’s announcement of Ohio Vax-a-Million during a statewide address.
“We know that COVID-19 vaccines are the best tool we have to help us through this pandemic, and that they help us protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities,” explained Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud. “In addition to the personal protection gained from COVID-19 vaccines, the chance to win $1 million or a four-year college scholarship provided further incentive for Ohioans to get vaccinated, which helped to shift the momentum for vaccinations throughout Ohio.”
The drawing was conducted using a Random Number Generator and observed by a representative of the Ohio Auditor of State. A behind-the-scenes video of the process is available at the Ohio Lottery's YouTube channel. Results of the drawing were provided to the Ohio Department of Health to verify the winners ahead of the final announcement of the winners, which will take place on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 7:29 p.m.
Ohio Vax-a-Million is an opt-in program, meaning residents are not automatically entered. Opt-in entries were collected beginning May 18 online at ohiovaxamillion.com or by phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The deadline to enter the final drawing was Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
After an Ohioan has entered, their entry is carried over through all the drawings. Prior to the drawing each week, the entry list is reviewed, and all duplicate entries are removed. In addition, any winner is removed from the eligible draw list for subsequent drawings. Vaccination records will be verified for winners. Ohio residents who were vaccinated in other states are eligible, but must present proof of vaccination.
Winners will be announced each Wednesday at approximately 7:29 p.m. The final announcement will take place on Wednesday, June 23. You can view video past winner announcement videos on the Ohio Lottery's YouTube channel.
• May 26 winner announcement
• June 2 winner announcement
• June 9 winner announcement
• June 16 winner announcement
Ohio Vax-a-Million is a public outreach campaign and initiative to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Ohioans 18 and older who have received a received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win one of five $1 million prizes. Ohioans ages 12-17 who have received a received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win one of five four-year, full-ride scholarships, including room and board, tuition, and books, to any Ohio state college or university. More information is available at ohiovaxamillion.com.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine, or find an appointment near you at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Walk-in appointments are available at many providers statewide. To speak with a representative to answer questions or book an appointment by phone, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).