Patch.com, By Chris Mosby, Posted June 18th 2021
As health officials select the first winners of the $1 million lottery, scammers are using the program to rip off Ohioans.
Millions of Ohioans have entered the state’s Vax-a-Million lottery program, but scammers are using the campaign to con Ohioans out of their money.
The Vax-a-Million lottery will see $1 million awarded to a randomly selected vaccinated Ohioan. The lottery will pick five winners in consecutive weeks. Ohioans need to opt into the lottery for a chance to win.
To ensure Ohioans are not providing their personal information to con artists, the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Lottery offered the following tips:
- There are only two ways to enter the Vax-a-Million lottery: by phone at 1-833-427-5634 and online at ohiovaxamillion.com. Any other phone numbers or websites claiming to register you for the lottery are scams.
- Do not provide your social security number, credit card number or other private information when registering for the lottery. The Vax-a-Million registration only asks for basic information, including your name, email address, phone number, date of birth and when you received your vaccination. If you’re asked to submit other information, you’re being scammed.
- Do not reply to messages asking you to register for Vax-a-Million. The only place to register for the lottery are by phone at 1-833-427-5634 and online at ohiovaxamillion.com.
- If you ever have a question about an email, text message, social media message, or phone call, contact the Ohio Department of Health’s Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).