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'Still sinking in': Ohioans react to winning the fourth-round of the Vax-a-Million lottery

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Posted at 9:33 AM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 11:06:50-04

The winners of the fourth Vax-a-Million drawing— a woman from Findlay and a recent high school graduate from Cincinnati, shared their reactions with Gov. Mike DeWine during a news conference Thursday.

$1 million winner

Suzanne Ward from Findlay in Hancock County won the fourth $1 million prize. She ignored two calls from DeWine until someone from his office knocked on her door and told her she had won the $1 million.

"I didn't have any hesitation to get vaccinated when my age group came up," she said.

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Suzanne Ward of Findlay.

She told DeWine that the news is still sinking in that she won the $1 million. Ward said her plans for the money involving giving some to her family and also meeting with a financial planner and accountant for the best way to handle her newfound money.

College scholarship winner
Sean Horning from Cincinnati won the fourth student full-ride scholarship, including four years tuition, books, and room and board at a public university or college.

Horning said he was so excited and received about winning the college scholarship. He just graduated from Colerain High School and said he was going to take a year off to work and save money but now he doesn’t have to with the life-changing prize.

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Sean Horning of Cincinnati.

"I always knew it was the best for everyone. I encouraged my son to do it," said Sean's mother about any hesitation she felt about getting vaccinated.

The next and final drawing
The winners were announced Wednesday night.

“With one Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing remaining, I urge Ohioans who have yet to get the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated and continue Ohio’s progress moving beyond this pandemic,” said DeWine.

There is one Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing remaining. The entry deadline for the final drawing is June 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

With more than 5.3 million Ohioans who have started the vaccination process, not all who are eligible have entered. Ohio Vax-a-Million is an opt-in program, meaning you are not automatically entered. It takes less than two minutes to enter online at ohiovaxamillion.com. Those without Internet access can also enter by phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Opt-in entries were collected beginning May 18.

RELATED: Woman from Hancock County wins Ohio’s fourth Vax-a-Million drawing

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