You can see tonight’s drawing live on WKYC Channel 3 or stream online at WKYC.com and the WKYC app at 7:29 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Could tonight be your lucky night?
At 7:29 p.m., the winners of the second week of Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery will be announced live on Channel 3 as well as WKYC.com and the WKYC app.
The second $1 million winner in the state’s Vax-a-Million COVID vaccine lottery was drawn on Monday out of 3,225,789 entries.
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Last week, Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton in Hamilton County captured the first million-dollar prize. She is originally from Shaker Heights, graduating from the high school in 2016.
The state’s second winner in the full-ride college scholarship contest for those ages 12-17 will also be revealed this evening. The winner was drawn Monday from a pool of 132,903 entries. The first winner of that award was Joseph Costello of Englewood in Montgomery County.
The second drawing was held Monday at the Ohio Lottery’s studio in Cleveland using a “random number generator” and observed by a representative of the Ohio Auditor of State. 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.
The next three winners will be announced on the following dates:
The entry period for the next Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing ends June 6, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. To enter, you must have at least one COVID vaccine and enter HERE. You only need to enter once to be considered for all five drawings. Duplicate entries will be removed.
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Here’s how the drawing works: Each person who enters is assigned a unique number. A computer then randomly picks one of those numbers as the winner, according Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald.
The 3,225,789 entries is out of the 5.32 million Ohioans who have begun the process of receiving the vaccine. That means the odds of winning are relatively much better than the Mega Millions lottery, which carries winning odds of 1-in-302-million.
Still, you’d have a better chance at getting struck by lightning, with 1-in-15,300 odds, according to the National Weather Service. Your odds of winning the Vax-a-Million prize are more on par with getting dealt a specific royal flush in poker, with odds of 1-in-2.6-million hands according to Bicycle Cards.
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