Commonly Asked Questions about the Ohio Vax-2-School

What is Ohio Vax-2-School?

Ohio Vax-2-School is a public outreach campaign consisting of a series of statewide drawings to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to younger Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Beginning October 4, 2021, Ohioans 12 to 25 years of age who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, have a chance to win one of 150 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.

Beginning November 3, 2021, any young Ohioan age 5 to 11, who have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine may also be registered by their legal guardian!

Who is eligible for Ohio Vax-2-School?

Beginning October 4, 2021, all Ohioans 12 to 25 years of age who have received at least their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible.

Beginning November 3, 2021, any young Ohioan age 5 to 11, may also be registered by their legal guardian due to the COVID-19 vaccination being authorized for use in this age group by the FDA.

Is a parent or legal guardian required to enter the drawing on behalf of their minor child?

Yes, a parent or legal guardian must enter the drawing on behalf of their minor child or person under a guardianship. By entering your minor child or person under a guardian, you are providing permission for the Ohio Department of Health to verify vaccination status with health care providers and use and share the winners name and/or likeness in media.

How do I enter the Ohio Vax-2-School drawing?

Entry must be completed through ohiovax2school.com. If you do not have access to the internet, the Ohio Lottery is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health to assist you with submitting an entry by phone. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT and can be reached at 1-833-4- ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

How will the Department of Health know if I have been vaccinated?

By submitting an entry for Vax-2-School, you agree to allow the Ohio Department of Health to access your vaccination records, or the records of your minor child if submitted on his/her behalf, to verify that you have received a vaccination. This includes contacting your provider if for some reason, your vaccination record is not available to the Department of Health. You may also be asked to provide your vaccination card for verification. Additional information is available in the Official Rules.

How long will Ohio Vax-2-School run?

The drawing entry period begins Monday, October 4, 2021 and will be closed on December 1, 2021.

Can I enter the drawing more than one time?

Only one entry per person will be accepted and all duplicate entries will be removed prior to the drawing being held. A parent or guardian may submit up to one entry per minor child.

Can I still participate in this drawing if I also registered for the Vax-a-Million drawings but did not win anything?

Yes, as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements for this drawing, you may register for the Ohio Vax-2-School drawings.

What can the scholarship be used for?

The scholarship account can be used for qualified tuition and related expenses including expenses associated with room and board, and payment of existing student loan debt up to $10,000. Winners will be notified of the specific permitted uses of the funds along with its accompanying terms and conditions by the Plan.

I only have 1 year left of school, what can I use the scholarship for?

The scholarship account can be used for qualified tuition and related expenses including expenses associated with room and board, and payment of existing student loan debt up to $10,000. Winners will be notified of the specific permitted uses of the funds along with its accompanying terms and conditions by the Plan.

Can I use the scholarship anywhere or does the school have to be located in Ohio?

Scholarship funds may be put towards enrollment at any college or university located or doing business in Ohio for a four-year program, two-year program, graduate program, community college, or technical/trade school.

When is the deadline to enter for Ohio Vax-2-School?

As determined by the Ohio Department of Health, the entry deadline for the Ohio Vax-2-School daily drawings is November 28, 2021. The entry deadline to enter the Ohio Vax-2-School grand prize drawing is December 1, 2021.

Where will the Ohio Vax-2-School winners be announced?

The winners for the $10,000 scholarships will be announced via Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and posted on the ohiovax2school.com website after the announcement. Daily prize winners will be announced starting on November 29, 2021 and continue through December 3, 2021. The grand prize winners will be announced on the Lottery broadcast at approximately 7:29 p.m. EDT on December 3, 2021.

When will the Vax-2-School drawings be conducted?

The drawings for the daily prizes will be conducted on November 22, 2021 and November 29, 2021. The drawing for the Grand Prizes will be conducted on December 2, 2021.

Prize Tier Entry End Date Drawing Date Announcement Date
Daily Winners (75) November 21, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT November 22, 2021 November 29, 2021 – December 1, 2021
Daily Winners (75) November 28, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT November 29, 2021 December 1, 2021 – December 3, 2021
Grand Prize Winners (5) December 1, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT December 2, 2021 December 3, 2021 at ~ 7:30 p.m. EDT

What are the prizes for Ohio Vax-2-School?

Thirty (30) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded every day for 5 days for a total of one hundred fifty (150) with an additional five (5) $100,000 scholarships awarded the last day of the drawing.

Am I responsible for any taxes on these prizes?

Awarded scholarship amounts will be deposited into an Ohio 529 CollegeAdvantage account on behalf of the winner and subject to all regular terms and conditions for such plans. Please visit College Advantage website for further details. Winners are advised to contact a tax professional for advice specific to their situation.

I attend college in Ohio and received my shot in Ohio, but my permanent residence is in another state. Am I eligible to enter Vax-2-School?

No, you must be an Ohio resident to be eligible for the promotion.

I won an Ohio Vax-a-Million prize, am I eligible to enter Ohio Vax-2-School?

No, if you/your child won a prize in the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, you/your child are not eligible to participate in Ohio Vax-2-School.

Is anyone not eligible?

Certain individuals are not eligible for the drawing. To be eligible, an individual must be a living Ohio resident, U.S. citizen, 5 to 25 years of age, who have not won a Vax-a-Million prize, and not incarcerated for a felony, and you are not in the custody of the Department of Youth Services. Additionally, employees, and officers of the Ohio Governor’s Office, Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio Lottery Commission, or any blood relative or spouse of such an employee or officer living as a member of the employee’s or officer’s household, are not eligible. Please see the Official Drawing Rules for more information.

Is my information private?

The State of Ohio will not sell any data collected on this website. If you have a question regarding privacy please refer to the Ohio Department of Health Privacy Policy.

Questions about Winners

How will I be notified if I win the prize?

If you/your child’s entry is selected in a daily Vax-2-School drawing, your name will be announced via Twitter and Instagram @ohiovax2school at approximately 3:30p.m. EDT. Winners can also be located at ohiovax2school.com. You will be contacted via the contact information provided on your entry form.

Grand prize winners will be announced on December 3, 2021 around 7:29 p.m. EDT, on the day of award. A listing of TV stations where the announcement will be available is below. The winners will also be posted on ohiovax2school.com after the announcement.

Cincinnati
WCPO ABC - Channel 9
Cleveland
WEWS ABC - Channel 5
Columbus
WTTE FOX - Channel 28
WSYX ABC - Channel 6
Dayton
WHIO CBS - Channel 7
Huntington, WV
WSAZ NBC - Channel 3
Lima
ELIO FOX - Channel 9
EOHL CBS - Channel 11
WOHL ABC - Channel 12
Steubenville
WTRF CBS - Channel 7
Toledo
WTVG ABC - Channel 13
Youngstown
WFMJ NBC - Channel 21
Zanesville
WHIZ NBC - Channel 18
   

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the Ohio Vax-2-School?

Ohioans 12 to 25 years of age who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Beginning November 3, 2021, any young Ohioan age 5 to 11, may also be registered by their legal guardian due to the COVID-19 vaccination being authorized for use in this age group by the FDA.

Once I enter, will I/my child be eligible for all of the drawings?

Once you enter, your entry will be carried over through all the Vax-2-School drawings.

Can I/my child win more than once?

No, if you/your child win a daily drawing for a $10,000 scholarship, your entry will be removed from all future Ohio Vax-2-School drawings.

How will I know if I have been entered into the drawing?

Once you have entered via ohiovax2school.com, an entry confirmation will be displayed immediately after a successful entry. You will not receive an email confirmation.

Can I still enter if I am an Ohio resident but was vaccinated in another state?

Yes, you will need to present proof of vaccination.

Do I/my child need have to be vaccinated before I submit my/my child’s entry or before the drawing takes place?

You/your child must have received at least their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine, before the drawing you entered has occurred and the end of the entry period. For example, for the first drawing, you must be vaccinated before and have submitted your entry prior to November 21, 2021.

Who is responsible for the Ohio Vax-2-School?

The Ohio Department of Health is sponsoring the drawings and the Ohio Lottery is providing technical support and conducting the drawings.

Where will the money for the prizes come from?

The Ohio Department of Health is using a portion of its Coronavirus Relief Funds to fund this innovative public outreach campaign and initiative. The U.S. Treasury, under the direction of Presidents Trump and Biden, have authorized funds for broad COVID-19 response purposes. Ohio is using a portion of its unspent funds to share information about the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and to encourage additional Ohioans to become vaccinated to stop the disease and boost our public health and continued economic recovery.

How to Get Help

The Ohio Lottery is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health to answer questions regarding the drawings. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). You can also contact us using the Contact & Support form here.