Second Vax-A-Million winners say drawing influenced their decision to get vaccinated

The second winners of Ohio’s Vax-A-Million drawing are talking about their newfound fame and fortune.

Zoie Vincent, a 17-year-old high school student from Cleveland, won the second full-ride scholarship.

“Its a super big surprise,” Vincent said.

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Vincent told News Center 7′s Jim Otte that winning the scholarship lifted a weight off of her shoulders. She said she wants to go to medical school to become a doctor, so knowing she will not be in debt when she when it comes time to enter medical school was a relief.

Jonathan Carlyle, an Amazon worker from Toledo, was selected as the second winner of the $1 million prize. Carlyle said he could not sleep Wednesday night after it was announced.

“I was dreaming about the future,” Carlyle said. Carlyle said the money will help provide for his family. He and his girlfriend have a 5-month-old son.

The Vax-A-Million drawing has been an incentive used by Gov. Mike DeWine and state officials to increase statewide vaccination rates.

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Both Vincent and Carlyle said the chance at winning one of the prizes influenced their decision to get vaccinated.

Carlyle said he signed up to get his shot after as soon as he heard he could win $1 million.

As for Vincent, she had contracted COVID-19 and was anxious to get the shot.

”I do think [the drawing] played a part in my decision to get the vaccination,” Vincent said.

The next set of winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 9 at 7:29 p.m.