Better Cleveland outpacing remainder of Ohio in Vax-a-Million entries

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – More than a third of adults in the greater Cleveland area participated in the Vax-a-Million lottery in Ohio prior to the first drawing in May, the state.

Approximately 34% of adults in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit, Medina, Portage, and Geauga counties signed up for a chance to win the prize – five percentage points more than the 29% average in the rest of Ohio.

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer were trying to figure out how Northeast Ohio was looking for one in the Vax-a-Million registrations Native of Shaker Heights Now living near Cincinnati, won the $ 1 million cash prize and last week Mayfield High School student won the college scholarship award this week.

Registration rates are based on a cleveland.com analysis that used 2019 US Census estimates and state registration data collected prior to the first drawing on May 24, the Census Bureau was unable to provide district population estimates for this age group provide.

Our analysis found that all seven counties in the Cleveland area were in the top fifth of Ohio counties when adjusting for population differences.

Medina County topped the Northeast Ohio list, ranking fourth out of 88 Ohio counties with approximately 39% of adults signing up for the lottery. Lake County ranked fifth with about 38%.

The only places that topped Medina and Lake in registrations were Delaware (47%) and Fairfield (39.8%) counties in the Columbus area and Greene County near Dayton (40.1%).

Cuyahoga County was ranked 13th in the state, with about 33% of adults enrolling.

Franklin County, home of Columbus, had a 35% adult enrollment rate. And Hamilton County, home of Cincinnati, ranks roughly on par with Cuyahoga.

See the registration rankings for all Ohio counties in the table below.

Our analysis also found a strong political divide in submissions, reflecting nationwide vaccination trends, showing that vaccination rates are generally higher in states that voted for Democratic President Joe Biden in 2020 and states that voted for former Republican President Donald Trump voted lower.

Among the 10 counties in Ohio where Trump received the most votes in the 2020 election, the average enrollment rate was around 20%. In the 10 counties where Trump performed worst last year, the filing rate was around 33%, the data shows.

A similar political divide arose for counties that favored Republican Mike DeWine in his bid for governorship in 2018, despite DeWine campaigning for the Vax-a-Million to encourage more vaccinations.

Among the 10 districts where DeWine received the largest percentage of votes, around 20% of adults signed up for the raffle. In the 10 counties where DeWine received the lowest number of votes, about 33% took part to win.

The county with the lowest enrollment rate was Holmes, where only 10% of adults registered to win the award.

As for registrations among Ohioans ages 12-17, Greater Cleveland children comprised a disproportionate number of under 18s compared to other parts of the state.

Although the seven-county region makes up only 23.5% of the total population of Ohio, about 29% of those taking part in the scholarship raffle came from Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit, Medina, Portage, and Geauga, according to the state.

Of the around 104,400 people under the age of 18 who registered before the first drawing, around 13,000 come from Cuyahoga County and around 6,000 from Summit. About 11,000 more come from the districts of Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina or Portage.

Vaccinated Ohioans still have time Register for future Vax-a-Million subscriptions. One adult and one winner will be selected each week for the next three weeks. The winners will be announced on June 9th, June 16th and June 23rd.

DeWine announced the Vax-a-Million last month – Increase the number of vaccinations, at least temporarily, and inspired a handful of states to offer similar incentive programs. The names are drawn by lottery officials in Ohio in a process overseen by the office of state auditor Keith Faber. The Ohio Department of Health verifies that each winner is an Ohio resident and has been vaccinated.

This week’s winner, Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo, was selected from 3,225,789 entries. This week’s scholarship holder, Zoie Vincent of Mayfield, was selected from 132,903 student submissions.

Here are the rates of Vax-a-million records among adult residents in each of Ohio’s 88 counties:

district Adult pop. Entrance fees for adults percent
Delaware 155.021 72,733 46.9%
green 134.183 53,819 40.1%
Fairfield 119.925 47,757 39.8%
Medina 140.169 54,407 38.8%
lake 184,715 69,987 37.9%
Madison 35,669 13,026 36.5%
Franklin 1,011,349 353.479 35.0%
summit 428.820 146.923 34.3%
Clermont 159,541 54,365 34.1%
Lorain 242,329 81.508 33.6%
labyrinth 177.873 59,793 33.6%
Hamilton 630.410 209.167 33.2%
Cuyahoga 980.955 325.168 33.1%
Erie 59,282 19,440 32.8%
Portage 132,407 42,948 32.4%
Geauga 72,542 23,450 32.3%
Seneca 43.203 13,805 32.0%
Wood 104,261 33,068 31.7%
Ottawa 33.194 10.170 30.6%
Montgomery 414.980 123.660 29.8%
Clark 104.183 30,758 29.5%
Mahoning 183.211 53,929 29.4%
Fulton 32,285 9,489 29.4%
Henry 20,758 6,048 29.1%
Putnam 25,257 7,337 29.0%
Miami 82,435 23,908 29.0%
servant 293.993 83,345 28.3%
Trumbull 157.776 44,404 28.1%
Lick 136.224 38,313 28.1%
Carroll 21,293 5,912 27.8%
Lucas 330.041 90,658 27.5%
Clinton 32,414 8,875 27.4%
Strong 291,682 78.297 26.8%
Peck away 46,036 12,318 26.8%
union 44,532 11,870 26.7%
Perry 27,651 7,317 26.5%
Hancock 59,054 15,216 25.8%
Wyandot 16,867 4,300 25.5%
Muskingum 66,777 16,871 25.3%
champagne 30,220 7,542 25.0%
Hocking 22,123 5,430 24.5%
Crawford 32,520 7,946 24.4%
Huron 44,289 10,779 24.3%
Ashtabula 75,893 18,462 24.3%
Marion 51,391 12,378 24.1%
Horse 60,438 14,479 24.0%
Wayne 87,730 20,762 23.7%
Sandusky 45,583 10,769 23.6%
Auglaize 34,708 8,056 23.2%
Mercer 30,520 7,066 23.2%
Preble 31,799 7,087 22.3%
Knox 48.217 10,729 22.3%
Columbiana 81.291 17,903 22.0%
dinner 39,034 8,406 21.5%
Fayette 21,861 4,682 21.4%
In spite of 29,447 6,270 21.3%
Tuscarawas 70.996 15,115 21.3%
Logan 35,139 7,477 21.3%
tomorrow 27,374 5,780 21.1%
Meigs 18,084 3,799 21.0%
Hardin 24,089 5,042 20.9%
Shelby 36,627 7,662 20.9%
Jackson 24,669 5.153 20.9%
All 78,859 16,459 20.9%
Athens 55,914 11,652 20.8%
Williams 28,386 5,823 20.5%
Vinton 10,245 2,083 20.3%
Washington 48,083 9,753 20.3%
pike 21,286 4,311 20.3%
Morgan 11,521 2,277 19.8%
Ashland 41,579 8,190 19.7%
Noble 11,732 2,288 19.5%
Scioto 59,037 11,462 19.4%
brown 33,493 6,451 19.3%
guernsey 30,310 5,794 19.1%
Richland 95,049 18,168 19.1%
Belmont 54,437 10,383 19.1%
Coshocton 27,865 5,257 18.9%
Jefferson 52,808 9,854 18.7%
Highlands 32,974 6,013 18.2%
Adams 21,111 3,687 17.5%
France 23,088 3,657 15.8%
Monroe 10,931 1,695 15.5%
Harrison 11,932 1,850 15.5%
Van worth 21,715 3,173 14.6%
Laurentius 46,614 6,800 14.6%
Paulding 14,294 1.911 13.4%
Holmes 30,479 3,001 9.8%