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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission outlined details in the “Ohio Vax-a-Million” program Monday morning.

It’s a vaccine incentive program that will include weekly drawings.

The state had previously said Ohioans 18 and up would be automatically entered, however, Monday, the Ohio Department of Health announced everyone who wants to be a part of it will have to sign up.

There are two separate drawings that will be held over a period of five weeks.

One will be for ages 12 to 17.

Young people who are vaccinated have the chance to win a full-ride scholarship to any state school of their choice, including room and board and books.

The other drawing is for ages 18 and up.

18 and up who opt-in get five chances to win $1 million.

The first drawing will be held May 24 and will be announced May 26 with the evening’s lottery numbers.

The money is coming from federal COVID-19 funding.

Starting Tuesday, May 18, you can register at or 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The opt-in process will include a waiver to have your name announced publicly. You cannot opt-out of having your identity announced.

Live updates

  • Ohioans 12 to 17 who have received first COVID-19 vaccination will be entered into a scholarship drawing
  • Ohioans 18 and older who have received first COVID-19 vaccination have a chance to win one of 5 $1 million prizes
  • Ohio Vax-a-Million will now be made an opt-in program ONLY instead of names from voter rolls
  • You can register at or 1-833-4-ASK-ODH
  • The registration opens Tuesday, May 18
  • One entry is good for all five drawings
  • Lottery winners will be announced each Wednesday with the regular lottery announcements
  • You must be an Ohio resident to enter. They will use the same verification they do to make sure you can vote in Ohio.
  • The first drawing will be held May 24. The winner will not be announced until May 26, so the state can verify they meet all criteria
  • Since announcing the program, the state says they’ve had an increase in vaccine sign ups
  • The winner will be responsible for all taxes on the prize
  • Students can pick any state school in Ohio for the scholarship funds