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Deadline to register for first Vax-a-Million drawing is Sunday

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Posted at 1:41 PM, May 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-23 13:00:40-04

Vaccinated Ohioans have only a few more hours to sign up for the state's first Vax-a-Million lottery drawing before registration closes Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Health said millions of vaccinated Ohioans have already signed up for a chance to win a million dollars, or a chance at a college scholarship for applicants under 18. As of Thursday, ODH said it saw a 28% increase in vaccination rates among Ohioans 16 and older since the announcement of the state's Vax-a-Million campaign.

The deadline to be entered for the first of five weekly drawings is Sunday, May 23, at 11:59 p.m. Prizes will be announced on Wednesdays at approximately 7:29 p.m from May 26 to June 23.

“I knew people were going to say, ‘Mike DeWine’s crazy. Mike DeWine has wasted a lot of money,’ but, you know what’s really a waste is if someone gets COVID now when we have a way not to get it,” said Gov. Mike DeWine about the lottery during a visit to Cincinnati Friday.

ODH said you only need to sign up once to be eligible to win one of five drawings -- all duplicate entries will be removed. If selected, the winner will need to provide proof of vaccination in order to receive their prize.

Interested? You can enter your own name at ohiovaxamillion.com or by calling 1-833-427-5634.

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