Those who have signed up still have a chance at either $1 million or a full college scholarship.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Let’s do this one more time, shall we?
Wednesday night, the Ohio Lottery will conduct its fifth and final set of drawings in the Vax-a-Million sweepstakes. One lucky adult will take home $1 million, while a child between the ages of 12 and 17 will earn a full scholarship to any state college of their choice.
DeWine first announced the Vax-a-Million program in May, allowing anyone who had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to sign up. The effort was designed as an incentive to help boost declining coronavirus vaccination numbers, and while it did appear work in the initial days and weeks, those statistics have since tapered off again.
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Here’s how the drawing operates: Each person who enters is assigned a unique number. A computer then randomly picks one of those numbers approximately 48 hours before the winning name is announced. The reason the drawing isn’t held live is so state officials have time to verify the winner’s information — including proof of vaccination — before revealing the results.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, more than 3.4 million adults and upwards of 41,000 kids have signed up for the final edition of the lottery. As of Tuesday, more than 5.5 million Ohio residents have gotten at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
3News will air the drawing live at 7:29 p.m. on Channel 3, as well as stream it on WKYC.com, our app, and on social media.
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