Who won the Vax-a-million lottery? Ohio announces second pair of winners

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Week 2 of Ohio’s Vax-A-Million lottery has been announced.

Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo in Lucas County won the second $1 million prize.

Zoie Vincent from Mayfield Village in Cuyahoga County won the second student full-ride scholarship including four years tuition, books, and room and board at an Ohio public university or college.

DeWine took to Facebook to congratulate Carlyle and thank him for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

DeWine had to congratulate Vincent over Facetime — she’s out of town at a family member’s wedding.

Cleveland’s Fox 8 spoke with Vincent over the phone. She was still in disbelief and beaming that she won.

Heading into her senior year, she said she wants to attend Case Western Reserve University to study to become a doctor, saying the scholarship will be a tremendous help in making her dreams come true.

Her mother, Milcah Vincent, found out her daughter won when she came home and found Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran at her house.

“I thought it was a joke, but we’re just so happy and grateful for the scholarship and we’re just  excited,” said Milcah Vincent.

You can watch the next three week’s drawing at 7:29 p.m. on air on NBC 4, online on nbc4i.com, on the NBC 4 Facebook page, or on the NBC 4 app.

Names are drawn on the Monday following the Sunday entry deadline. According to the state’s lottery commission, it draws a winner and up to 100 alternates using a random number generator. Those names are then turned over to the Ohio Department of Health to verify their vaccination status. Should the first name not meet the required standards, the next name on the list is checked, and so on until a winner is verified.

The ODH released Tuesday that there are a total of 3,225,789 adult entries in this week’s drawing for $1 million, and 132,903 Ohioans age 12 to 17 entered in the drawing for a college scholarship. 

That’s an increase of 467,320 adult entries and 28,518 scholarship entries from the previous week. 

Abbigail Bugenske, of Silverton, was picked as the first of five $1 million winners on May 26, while Joseph Costello, of Englewood, won a full-ride scholarship to any of Ohio’s state universities.

The next scheduled drawings for the Vax-A-Million prizes are:

Entry deadlineDrawing dateAnnouncement date
May 30, 11:59:59 p.m.May 31June 2, 7:29 p.m.
June 6, 11:59:59 p.m.June 7June 9, 7:29 p.m.
June 13, 11:59:59 p.m.June 14June 16, 7:29 p.m.
June 20, 11:59:59 p.m.June 21June 23, 7:29 p.m.

All Ohio residents who have had at least one Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson shot are urged to register at Ohiovaxamillion.com or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Ohioans who meet the eligibility requirements have until Sunday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m. to sign up for next Wednesday’s winner announcement. If you entered the first drawing, there is no need to register again — your entry is good for the next four drawings.

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