Who won the final Vax-a-Million drawing? Ohio Lottery announces fifth set of vaccine lottery winners


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — The fifth and final batch of winners were announced Wednesday for Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery.

Esperanza Diaz of Cincinnati in Hamilton County won the fifth and final $1 million prize.

Sydney Baum of Brecksville in Cuyahoga County won the final student full-ride scholarship including four years tuition, books, and room and board at an Ohio public university or college.

“The Vax-a-Million promotion was a resounding success for Ohio, with major increases in vaccinations in the first two weeks of the promotion,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The even better news is we have more Ohioans protected from COVID through the power of the vaccine. I continue to urge Ohioans to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones from this deadly virus.”

The Ohio Department of Health reports a total of 3,469,542 adults are entered in this week’s drawing for $1 million, and 154,889 Ohioans age 12 to 17 entered in the drawing for a college scholarship. That marks an increase of 41,028 adult entries and 4,702 scholarship entries from the previous week.

Abbigail Bugenske, of Silverton, Jonathan Carlyle, of Toledo, Mark Cline, of Richwood and Suzanne Ward, of Findlay, were the previous $1 million winners in the state’s Vax-a-Million contest. Joseph Costello, of Englewood, Zoie Vincent, of Mayfield Village, Sara Afaneh, of Sheffield Lake, and Sean Horning, of Cincinnati, all won the four-year scholarship to an Ohio college of his choice.

When the Vax-a-Million lottery was announced, over 44% of the state had received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of today, that number has increased to around 47%.

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