Ohio Vax-a-Million: Here’s who won the first vaccine lottery, including Shaker Heights High School grad


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — The first lucky winners of Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery were announced Wednesday night, including one with ties to Northeast Ohio.

The winner of the full-ride college scholarship drawing is Joseph Costello of Englewood.

The winner of the $1 million drawing is Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton. She is a graduate of Shaker Heights High School, her mother Lisa Bugenske confirmed to FOX 8. Abbigail currently is working as an engineer in Southern Ohio.

The family is overwhelmed with the winning announcement, Lisa said. Abbigail had reportedly gotten the vaccine before the drawing was announced and her family wants to get the word out about the importance of vaccinations. At this time, Abbigail is not speaking with reporters.

Congratulations to the pair of them!

The Vax-a-Million lottery was set up in an effort to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state, enticing all children and adults who are eligible with either $1 million or full-ride college scholarships.

There are four more opportunities for Ohioans to win one of the drawings:

People can sign up at ohiovaxamillion.com or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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