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Ohio’s third Vax-a-Million winners announced: Meet Mark Cline, Sara Afaneh – WLWT Cincinnati

Ohio’s third Vax-a-Million winners were revealed Wednesday evening.During a highly-anticipated drawing, Ohio Lottery officials announced that the following individuals won Ohio’s vaccine lottery — the third of five total drawings:WINNING THE $1 MILLION PRIZE:Mark Cline, Richwood (Union County)WINNING THE FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP:Sara Afaneh, Sheffield Lake (Lorain County)A 64-year-old retiree is Ohio’s latest $1 million Vax-a-Million winner.Mark Cline, of Richwood, was announced Wednesday as the third of five $1 million winners in Ohio’s vaccine lottery.Cline said he didn’t receive a phone call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which has been customary during the first two drawings.Instead, Cline said the governor showed up at his doorstep to tell him — in person — that he was the latest winner in Ohio’s vaccination incentive program.“We were watching the television, the doorbell rang, and my wife looked on the Ring cam and said ‘there’s some guys out there in suits,’” Cline said through a massive smile in an interview with WBNS.“I go to the door, I opened it up and I recognized Gov. DeWine standing out there,” he said. “I shook his hand and he said, ‘well, congratulations. You just won a million dollars.’”The 64-year-old said he and his wife invited the governor and First Lady Fran DeWine into their living room, where they all watched the television broadcast of the vaccine lottery together.Cline said he received his COVID-19 vaccine at the Union County Fair Ground long before the Vax-a-Million lottery was thought up. He said it’s important for everyone to get their vaccine.“I think it’s really important to get that vaccine. Everyone that doubts it, it was no big deal – two little pinches and it was done,” he said.As to what Cline has planned for the money? He said he has very few plans for himself, but he hopes to spend the money on his family and, perhaps, charitable causes.“My family is already making plans for a beach vacation. (I’ll use the money) to just help out family. I’m retired, so – you know – I’m not dying for money, but it certainly is a life-changer. It can help others who kind of need something,” he said.“I really love that they were giving scholarships as part of this. So I might do something to put some money toward scholarships for kids.”Cline said he has a rather large family and hopes to spend as much time with them as possible.”I’m happy,” he said. “I’m so happy!”Sara Afaneh, of Sheffield Lake, was announced as Ohio’s third full-ride-scholarship winner in the Vax-a-Million program.WLWT is working to learn more about her and will update this story as details develop.“There are only two more drawings left, so I urge Ohioans to get the shot and then enter for a shot to win a million dollars or, for those aged 12-17 a chance to a four-year, full-ride scholarship including room, board, tuition and books at an Ohio public college or university,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.Wednesday’s announcement comes as the initial bump from the incentive program fades and the vaccination numbers continue dropping.More than 3.3 million Ohioans entered their names for a shot at the $1 million, up a little from the 3.2 million who had registered for last week’s drawing. More than 143,000 children entered their names for the scholarship, up from just over 133,000 last week.Initially, Gov. DeWine’s May 12 announcement of the incentive program had the desired effect, leading to a 43% boost in state vaccination numbers over the previous week.Ohio figures still are not close to the highs of March and April. And vaccine reluctance appears to be so great that on Monday, DeWine made an urgent appeal to providers to distribute as many shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as possible, with 200,000 doses set to expire June 23.The two winners announced Wednesday are the fifth and sixth winners of the vaccination lottery. Meet the first four winners of Ohio’s Vax-a-Million sweepstakes below.JONATHAN CARLYLE, OF TOLEDO: Ohio’s second $1 million winnerAn Amazon delivery driver is Ohio’s second $1 million Vax-a-Million winner.Jonathan Carlyle, of Toledo, is the second Ohioan to win the state’s vaccination incentive grand prize.The state’s newest millionaire is an Amazon delivery driver. Carlyle said he was just getting off work around 7 p.m. when he received a call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.”I actually missed the call,” Carlyle said. “I was checking out from work and had to call him back. But I was shaking when I talked to him when I heard his voicemail — I knew what it was and about lost it.”The governor said he plans to make a habit of calling the state’s Vax-a-Million winners ahead of each Wednesday’s 7:29 p.m. drawing.“It’s overwhelming. I don’t know what to do. I’m still dreaming,” Carlyle said of that call.The Toledo man said he doesn’t have any big plans for his new money — first pay off bills, then, perhaps, a house.”I got a lot of bills to pay – so that’s the first thing that’s going to happen,” he said through a massive smile.“Pay some bills and probably buy a house. I’m going to keep working. My girlfriend is going to keep working – it’s going to be a good bedrock for our family. It’s going to be awesome.”Carlyle said the state’s Vax-a-Million drawing actually inspired him to finally get the COVID-19 vaccine. After winning $1 million, he said it was well worth it.”Get vaccinated! Do it! We need to!” he said.ZOIE VINCENT, MAYFIELD VILLAGE: Ohio’s second scholarship winnerOhio’s latest winner of the Vax-a-Million scholarship said she wasn’t expecting the call Wednesday after signing up for the lottery while waiting to receive her second dose of the vaccine.Zoie Vincent was announced as Ohio’s full-ride scholarship winner. Vincent was out of town at the time of the drawing but found out about her luck via a FaceTime call from the governor.”So you made a call to my dad and it was just kind of … weird and he just kept saying your name and I was like, ‘What’s happening?’ And he said I won the scholarship,” Vincent said.”It was really wild. It came out of nowhere. We weren’t expecting it. It was a super big surprise. We were all so excited.”Vincent said she is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, specifically pre-med or a biology program. She said she has been looking at schools such as Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.”I have been interested in medicine and science for as long as I can remember,” Vincent said.She said she has completed one year as a med tech at school and it helped solidify her passion for science. She said the scholarship will help her focus on her education in medicine and not student loans.”I could see my career instead of me paying off my debt so it was a big relief in that sense,” Vincent said.Vincent said she did not hesitate once she was eligible for the vaccine, saying she got COVID-19 a while back and was very sick and wants to do what she can to prevent that from happening to others.ABBIGAIL BUGENSKE, SILVERTON: Ohio’s first $1 million winnerAbbigail Bugenske has won Ohio’s first $1 million jackpot in the state’s Vax-a-Million lottery.A recent college graduate, the 22-year-old Bugenske lives in the Cincinnati area, residing in the small and quiet village of Silverton about 11 miles northeast of the city.She works for GE Aviation, recently moving to the area for her job.She’s also an Ohio State University student pursuing a master’s in aerospace engineering and graduated from Michigan State University in August of last year.Speaking to the press for the first time, Bugenske said she has no plans to quit her current job — a job she loves — and plans to donate at least some of her winnings to charity.“I was completely surprised when I got the call. I still can’t believe it. It was a crazy night,” the 22-year-old said.Bugenske received a personal call from Gov. Mike DeWine, shortly before the state’s 7:29 p.m. drawing.“Calling someone and telling them that they won a million dollars is a great thing,” the governor said through a large smile, remembering Bugenske’s reaction.She was driving from the Cincinnati area to her parents’ house in the Cleveland area, a bit oblivious that the drawing was currently happening.“I was screaming enough that my parents thought I was crying and that something was wrong,” she said. “And when I started yelling that I won $1 million and was going to be a millionaire, they told me to calm down and make sure it wasn’t a prank before I really started freaking out.”The call was, in fact, real. Bugenske said her phone began to blow up with notes from friends and social media friend requests.The 22-year-old said she received the COVID-19 vaccine long before the birth of the Vax-a-Million program, but added that if winning $1 million isn’t an incentive enough, she doesn’t know what is.“I originally got vaccinated just to protect friends, family and everyone I came in contact with,” she said, adding that Vax-a-Million win was just a bonus.JOSEPH COSTELLO, ENGLEWOOD: Ohio’s first scholarship winnerHe’s only 14, but can attend almost any college he wishes.Joseph Costello, of Englewood, was announced as Ohio’s first Vax-a-Million scholarship winner, awarded a full-ride scholarship at only 14 years old.His mother is a chemical engineer and his father is a school teacher. But neither of them will need to figure out how to pay for Joseph’s college.“My first reaction was I thought maybe I was listening to your voice — that it was a taped message,” mother Colleen Costello told Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine. “The more we talked, the more I realized it was really live. I was really thankful that moment because there was a bench nearby. I needed to sit down and sort of … ground myself a little to absorb the information you were sharing.”Joseph had just finished the eighth grade. He just received his first shot on Saturday ahead of Wednesday evening’s drawing.His mother entered Joseph and her two other children in the lottery.Now, he gets free college tuition. That scholarship also includes room, board and books. However, winning a scholarship does not guarantee admission.In a big update, DeWine announced that the state will put money into a 529 Plan for the winner. The amount of money put in will be equal to the highest Ohio state university cost. That way, the winner can still go to a college of his or her choosing.Joseph said he’s still unsure what he wants to study, or which university he wishes to attend. But the 14-year-old still has time to think about that.

Ohio’s third Vax-a-Million winners were revealed Wednesday evening.

During a highly-anticipated drawing, Ohio Lottery officials announced that the following individuals won Ohio’s vaccine lottery — the third of five total drawings:

WINNING THE $1 MILLION PRIZE:

Mark Cline, Richwood (Union County)

"Congratulations, Mark!  You just won a million dollars!  Mark was vaccinated at the Union County Fairgrounds."


WINNING THE FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP:

Sara Afaneh, Sheffield Lake (Lorain County)

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A 64-year-old retiree is Ohio’s latest $1 million Vax-a-Million winner.

Mark Cline, of Richwood, was announced Wednesday as the third of five $1 million winners in Ohio’s vaccine lottery.

Cline said he didn’t receive a phone call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which has been customary during the first two drawings.

Instead, Cline said the governor showed up at his doorstep to tell him — in person — that he was the latest winner in Ohio’s vaccination incentive program.

“We were watching the television, the doorbell rang, and my wife looked on the Ring cam and said ‘there’s some guys out there in suits,’” Cline said through a massive smile in an interview with WBNS.

“I go to the door, I opened it up and I recognized Gov. DeWine standing out there,” he said. “I shook his hand and he said, ‘well, congratulations. You just won a million dollars.’”

The 64-year-old said he and his wife invited the governor and First Lady Fran DeWine into their living room, where they all watched the television broadcast of the vaccine lottery together.

Cline said he received his COVID-19 vaccine at the Union County Fair Ground long before the Vax-a-Million lottery was thought up. He said it’s important for everyone to get their vaccine.

“I think it’s really important to get that vaccine. Everyone that doubts it, it was no big deal – two little pinches and it was done,” he said.

As to what Cline has planned for the money? He said he has very few plans for himself, but he hopes to spend the money on his family and, perhaps, charitable causes.

“My family is already making plans for a beach vacation. (I’ll use the money) to just help out family. I’m retired, so – you know – I’m not dying for money, but it certainly is a life-changer. It can help others who kind of need something,” he said.

“I really love that they were giving scholarships as part of this. So I might do something to put some money toward scholarships for kids.”

Cline said he has a rather large family and hopes to spend as much time with them as possible.

“I’m happy,” he said. “I’m so happy!”

Sara Afaneh, of Sheffield Lake, was announced as Ohio’s third full-ride-scholarship winner in the Vax-a-Million program.

WLWT is working to learn more about her and will update this story as details develop.

“There are only two more drawings left, so I urge Ohioans to get the shot and then enter for a shot to win a million dollars or, for those aged 12-17 a chance to a four-year, full-ride scholarship including room, board, tuition and books at an Ohio public college or university,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Wednesday’s announcement comes as the initial bump from the incentive program fades and the vaccination numbers continue dropping.

More than 3.3 million Ohioans entered their names for a shot at the $1 million, up a little from the 3.2 million who had registered for last week’s drawing. More than 143,000 children entered their names for the scholarship, up from just over 133,000 last week.

Initially, Gov. DeWine’s May 12 announcement of the incentive program had the desired effect, leading to a 43% boost in state vaccination numbers over the previous week.

Ohio figures still are not close to the highs of March and April. And vaccine reluctance appears to be so great that on Monday, DeWine made an urgent appeal to providers to distribute as many shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as possible, with 200,000 doses set to expire June 23.

The two winners announced Wednesday are the fifth and sixth winners of the vaccination lottery. Meet the first four winners of Ohio’s Vax-a-Million sweepstakes below.


JONATHAN CARLYLE, OF TOLEDO: Ohio’s second $1 million winner

An Amazon delivery driver is Ohio’s second $1 million Vax-a-Million winner.

Jonathan Carlyle, of Toledo, is the second Ohioan to win the state’s vaccination incentive grand prize.

The state’s newest millionaire is an Amazon delivery driver. Carlyle said he was just getting off work around 7 p.m. when he received a call from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

“I actually missed the call,” Carlyle said. “I was checking out from work and had to call him back. But I was shaking when I talked to him when I heard his voicemail — I knew what it was and about lost it.”

The governor said he plans to make a habit of calling the state’s Vax-a-Million winners ahead of each Wednesday’s 7:29 p.m. drawing.

“It’s overwhelming. I don’t know what to do. I’m still dreaming,” Carlyle said of that call.

The Toledo man said he doesn’t have any big plans for his new money — first pay off bills, then, perhaps, a house.

“I got a lot of bills to pay – so that’s the first thing that’s going to happen,” he said through a massive smile.

“Pay some bills and probably buy a house. I’m going to keep working. My girlfriend is going to keep working – it’s going to be a good bedrock for our family. It’s going to be awesome.”

Carlyle said the state’s Vax-a-Million drawing actually inspired him to finally get the COVID-19 vaccine. After winning $1 million, he said it was well worth it.

“Get vaccinated! Do it! We need to!” he said.


ZOIE VINCENT, MAYFIELD VILLAGE: Ohio’s second scholarship winner

Ohio’s latest winner of the Vax-a-Million scholarship said she wasn’t expecting the call Wednesday after signing up for the lottery while waiting to receive her second dose of the vaccine.

Zoie Vincent was announced as Ohio’s full-ride scholarship winner. Vincent was out of town at the time of the drawing but found out about her luck via a FaceTime call from the governor.

“So you made a call to my dad and it was just kind of … weird and he just kept saying your name and I was like, ‘What’s happening?’ And he said I won the scholarship,” Vincent said.

“It was really wild. It came out of nowhere. We weren’t expecting it. It was a super big surprise. We were all so excited.”

Vincent said she is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, specifically pre-med or a biology program. She said she has been looking at schools such as Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.

“I have been interested in medicine and science for as long as I can remember,” Vincent said.

She said she has completed one year as a med tech at school and it helped solidify her passion for science. She said the scholarship will help her focus on her education in medicine and not student loans.

“I could see my career instead of me paying off my debt so it was a big relief in that sense,” Vincent said.

Vincent said she did not hesitate once she was eligible for the vaccine, saying she got COVID-19 a while back and was very sick and wants to do what she can to prevent that from happening to others.


ABBIGAIL BUGENSKE, SILVERTON: Ohio’s first $1 million winner

Abbigail Bugenske has won Ohio’s first $1 million jackpot in the state’s Vax-a-Million lottery.

A recent college graduate, the 22-year-old Bugenske lives in the Cincinnati area, residing in the small and quiet village of Silverton about 11 miles northeast of the city.

She works for GE Aviation, recently moving to the area for her job.

She’s also an Ohio State University student pursuing a master’s in aerospace engineering and graduated from Michigan State University in August of last year.

Speaking to the press for the first time, Bugenske said she has no plans to quit her current job — a job she loves — and plans to donate at least some of her winnings to charity.

“I was completely surprised when I got the call. I still can’t believe it. It was a crazy night,” the 22-year-old said.

Bugenske received a personal call from Gov. Mike DeWine, shortly before the state’s 7:29 p.m. drawing.

“Calling someone and telling them that they won a million dollars is a great thing,” the governor said through a large smile, remembering Bugenske’s reaction.

She was driving from the Cincinnati area to her parents’ house in the Cleveland area, a bit oblivious that the drawing was currently happening.

“I was screaming enough that my parents thought I was crying and that something was wrong,” she said. “And when I started yelling that I won $1 million and was going to be a millionaire, they told me to calm down and make sure it wasn’t a prank before I really started freaking out.”

The call was, in fact, real. Bugenske said her phone began to blow up with notes from friends and social media friend requests.

The 22-year-old said she received the COVID-19 vaccine long before the birth of the Vax-a-Million program, but added that if winning $1 million isn’t an incentive enough, she doesn’t know what is.

“I originally got vaccinated just to protect friends, family and everyone I came in contact with,” she said, adding that Vax-a-Million win was just a bonus.


JOSEPH COSTELLO, ENGLEWOOD: Ohio’s first scholarship winner

He’s only 14, but can attend almost any college he wishes.

Joseph Costello, of Englewood, was announced as Ohio’s first Vax-a-Million scholarship winner, awarded a full-ride scholarship at only 14 years old.

His mother is a chemical engineer and his father is a school teacher. But neither of them will need to figure out how to pay for Joseph’s college.

“My first reaction was I thought maybe I was listening to your voice — that it was a taped message,” mother Colleen Costello told Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine. “The more we talked, the more I realized it was really live. I was really thankful that moment because there was a bench nearby. I needed to sit down and sort of … ground myself a little to absorb the information you were sharing.”

Joseph had just finished the eighth grade. He just received his first shot on Saturday ahead of Wednesday evening’s drawing.

His mother entered Joseph and her two other children in the lottery.

Now, he gets free college tuition. That scholarship also includes room, board and books. However, winning a scholarship does not guarantee admission.

In a big update, DeWine announced that the state will put money into a 529 Plan for the winner. The amount of money put in will be equal to the highest Ohio state university cost. That way, the winner can still go to a college of his or her choosing.

Joseph said he’s still unsure what he wants to study, or which university he wishes to attend. But the 14-year-old still has time to think about that.

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