The 64-year-old retiree is the latest winner in Ohio worth $ 1 million with Vax-a-Million. Richwood’s Mark Klein was announced Wednesday as the third of five winners in the $ 1 million Ohio lottery. Klein said he did not receive a phone call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which was common during the first two drawings. Instead, Klein said the governor appeared on his doorstep to tell him – in person – that he was the latest winner in the Ohio Vaccination Incentive Program. “We were watching TV, the doorbell rang and my wife looked at the ring and said, ‘There are boys in suits there,'” Klein said with a massive smile in an interview with WBNS. “I̵
The 64-year-old retiree is the latest winner in Ohio worth $ 1 million Vax-a-Million.
Mark Klein of Richwood was announced Wednesday as the third winner of a $ 1 million vaccine lottery in Ohio.
Klein said he did not receive a phone call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which is common during the first two drawings.
Instead, Klein said the governor appeared on his doorstep to tell him in person that he was the latest winner in the Ohio Vaccination Incentive Program.
“We were watching TV, the doorbell rang and my wife looked at the ring and said, ‘There are boys in suits there,'” Klein said with a massive smile in an interview with WBNS.
“I go to the door, open it, and recognize Governor DeWine standing there,” he said. I shook his hand and he said, “Well, congratulations. He just won a million dollars. “
The 64-year-old said he and his wife had invited the governor and first lady Fran DeWine to their living room, where they had all watched the vaccine lottery TV show.
Klein said he received his vaccine against COVID-19 at the Union County Fairgrounds long before the Vax-a-Million lottery was invented. He said it was important for everyone to get the vaccine.
“I think it’s really important to get this vaccine. All in doubt, it wasn’t a big deal – two small clips and it was done, “he said.
As for what Cline has planned for the money? He said he had very few plans for himself, but hoped to spend the money on his family and perhaps on charity.
“My family is already making plans for a beach holiday. (I will use the money) to just help the family. I’m retired, so – you know – I’m not dying for money, but it’s sure to change your life. It can help others who need something, “he said.
“I really like that they gave scholarships as part of that. So I can do something to invest in scholarships for children. “
Klein said he has a fairly large family and hopes to spend as much time with them as possible.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I’m so happy!”
Sarah Afane of Sheffield Lake has been named the third recipient of an Ohio Vax-a-Million Fellowship.
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“There are only two drawings left, so I urge Ohio residents to take the picture and then apply for the picture to win a million dollars, or for those between the ages of 12 and 17 a chance for a four-year scholarship for a full trip, including a room , blackboard, teaching and books at Ohio State College or University, ”said Governor DeWine.
The announcement on Wednesday comes as the initial blow from the stimulus program fades and the number of vaccinations continues to decline.
More than 3.3 million Ohio residents entered their names for a $ 1 million shot, a little more than the 3.2 million who signed up for the draw last week. More than 143,000 children entered their names for the scholarship, compared to just over 133,000 last week.
Initially, the announcement of the government’s DeWine stimulus program on May 12 had the desired effect, leading to a 43% increase in the number of state vaccinations in the previous week.
Figures in Ohio are not yet close to the peaks of March and April. And the reluctance to vaccinate seems so great that on Monday, DeWine urged providers to distribute as many photos of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as possible, with 200,000 doses due by June 23.