COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 25 million page views and 60,000 calls later, Ohio’s Vax-a-Million website’s first day for opting in was a big success.
“We’re really pleased to see the number of people who accessed the site and called the Department of Health’s line to get registered,” Ohio Lottery Communications Director Danielle Frizzi-Babb said.
Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have entered the drawing but for security purposes, the official number of entries won’t be released until Monday after the draw period closes and the verification and de-duplication process is complete.
Ohioans 12 and older are eligible to win one of five $1 million prizes or five full college scholarships by receiveing at least one dose of the vaccine.
Kettering resident Kelly Moore said he signed up Tuesday morning.
“It was pretty easy, just jumped online, I literally just searched Vax A Million and found it and signed up,” Moore said. “Somebody’s got to win it, if you don’t enter, you can’t win. So I figured why not?”
In the few days after the vaccine lottery was announced, there was a spike in Ohio’s vaccination numbers.
Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said this may be a result of the lottery incentive.
“This is a unique, innovative way to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations, and we are pleased to see so much activity today,” McCloud said. “In addition, we are seeing early indicators of increased uptake after the Vax-a-Million announcement last week, and will continue to monitor this moving forward.”
Registration requires information like a name, phone number, address, and vaccination location.
Ohio Department of Health will verify vaccination status of the winners before they’re announced.
“We are thrilled to see so much excitement for the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawings,” said Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald. “The odds of winning are the same whether you visit ohiovaxamillion.com or call the ODH call center. It is quick and easy to register online for your chance to win Ohio Vax-a-Million. Remember, it’s one entry per person and once you’ve entered you’re in for all five weeks!
To opt-in for Ohio’s Vax-a-Million vaccine lottery, click here.