‘A whirlwind’: 1st Ohio Vaccine Lottery Winners Speak Out

People walk past sign displayed for Ohio's COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Cleveland. Nearly 2.8 million residents have registered for Ohio's Vax-a-Million vaccination incentive program, with participants hoping to win either the $1 million prize for adults or a full-ride college scholarship for children, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday, May 24. The winners will be announced Wednesday night at the end of the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion TV show, and then each Wednesday for the next four weeks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(AP) — The first winner of Ohio’s $1 million Vax-a-Million lottery says she’s still having a hard time believing it. Abbigail Bugenske, a mechanical engineer, works for GE Aviation near Cincinnati, but returned to her suburban Cleveland home Wednesday night. Bugenske says she was screaming so loudly that her parents thought she was crying and something was wrong.

The winner of a full college scholarship was Joseph Costello, an eighth grader who lives near Dayton. His mother, Colleen, says she had to sit down when Gov. Mike DeWine called her with the news Wednesday before the official announcement.


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