The winner’s name will be announced publicly on Wednesday, May 26, at 7:29 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Ohio has officially pulled a winner for the first $1 million prize in the Vax-a-Million lottery.
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the first winner was pulled Monday afternoon from a pool of 2,758,490 total entries, and the winner’s name will be announced Wednesday evening at 7:29 p.m. The drawing was conducted at the Ohio Lottery Commission headquarters in Cleveland.
Officials say that the drawing was done using a Random Number Generator and observed by a representative of the Ohio Auditor of State.
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The state is currently verifying the vaccination of the individual pulled for that person to be declared as the winner in this first round of the Vax-a-Million lottery.
There will be four more lottery pulls in the coming weeks, with winners’ names to be announced each Wednesday night at 7:29 p.m.
During his Monday afternoon press conference, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that in addition to the nearly 2.8 million people who entered to win $1 million, more than 100,000 Ohioans aged 12 to 17 entered into the lottery to win a full-ride college scholarship to any public school in the state.
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Anyone who has already entered the Vax-a-Million lottery will not have to reenter for the upcoming drawings. Those who have not registered yet can do so at ohiovaxamillion.com, or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
The final lottery winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 23.