Ohio Vax-A-Million sweepstakes opens

Ohio Vax-A-Million sweepstakes opens

Ohio Vax-A-Million residents who receive the COVID-19 vaccine can take their best gun to win $ 1 million or get a college scholarship. The state website Vax-A-Million sweepstakes is up and calls are open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily subscription.

Once you have opted in, you do not need to do it again. Those who have received at least the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine should enter by registering at ohiovaxamillion.com or by calling 833-4-ASK-ODH.

In addition to the Vax-a-Million drawing, Ohio residents between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win one five-year full-time study.

Take your best shot:

It will include room and board, courses and books, at any Ohio college or university.

The Ohio Department of Health uses Coronavirus Relief Fund government funding to fund the Vax-a-Million program. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine said every adult in Ohio over the age of 18 is entitled to win one in five million dollars.

Once you have opted in, you do not need to do it again.

Ohio Vax-A-Million sweepstakes opens

Eligibility requirements for vaccine sweepstakes:

  • You must be at least 12 years old
  •  You must be a permanent resident of the United States and reside permanently in the State of Ohio.
  • You cannot be imprisoned (in prison or in prison) for a serious offense under the laws of this state, another province, or the United States.
  • You must not be an employee or officer of the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Department of Health or the Ohio Governor’s Office, or any blood relative or partner of that employee or officer who resides as a family member of the employee or officer.
  • I should have received at least the first COVID-19 vaccine if you receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose if you get a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, before the date of the drawing.
  • One draw will be on Wednesday from May 26. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
  • Officials will seek permission to call an effective medical provider to confirm vaccination.

They will also ask to see the vaccination card as proof.

If the winner is not vaccinated, the officials will move on to the second name and, if necessary, to the third.

The winner will be liable for the tax and will not be able to remain anonymous.

More details on the program:

  • By registering for the drawings you are giving the Ohio Department of Health the right to obtain health information regarding your vaccination, McCloud said.
  • Each entrant will be assigned a number and the drawings will be conducted by using a computerized random number generator.
  • You will not be able to remain anonymous if you are selected as a winner.
  • To be eligible for the first week’s drawing participants must register by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. The first week’s drawing will happen at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24 and a verification process will be used to make sure the person has been vaccinated that was drawn. The first week’s winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:29 p.m. during the Ohio Lottery’s time on WHIO-TV. This process will continue for five weeks.
  • There will be up to 100 alternate winners selected in the event the first winner is not able to be verified as a winner.
  • The $1 million winners will receive a lump-sum payment and will be responsible for taking taxes out. The winners will receive at 1099 tax form to file with next year’s taxes.
  • McCloud said the money for the sweepstakes is coming from previously granted dollars from the federal CARES Act and assigned to the Ohio Department of Health by the Ohio Control Board. “It is legal to use the funds for what we’re using them for,” McCloud said. “We have to use this money.”
  • The ODH Director added that everything was on the table, including the sweepstakes, when the control board gave the money to the Ohio Department of Health for use. She said this specific idea had not been necessarily introduced yet. “He is bold in his initiatives. He is broad thinking,” McCloud said of DeWine.
  • McCloud said Friday was the single-day highest vaccination rate in the last three weeks. Vaccinations in some adult categories were up six percent last week after three weeks of declines of around 24 percent each week, she said.
  • The Ohio Lottery will be handling the drawings and registration. There will be capacity on the website to handle the registrations, the lottery said. There are backup plans in the event the website crashes.


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