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For this week's Vax-a-Million winners, getting vaccinated was 'a no-brainer'

"The shots are no big deal," said Ohio's newest Vax-a-Millionaire Mark Cline. "Get them."

COLUMBUS — Ohio's latest Vax-a-Millionaire joked that he wouldn't be sharing his winnings with his wife, because she didn't enter the contest. 

"My money's her money," conceded 64-year-old Mark Cline of Richwood. "I'm happy and blessed to be able to share it with her."

The retired Marathon Petroleum project manager was notified on his good fortune by Gov. Mike DeWine himself via a knock on the door Wednesday night.

"I hope everyone makes that decision to get it and looks after their friends and neighbors," Cline said. "The shots are no big deal. Get them."

Summer Afaneh, mother of this week's scholarship winner 13-year-old Sara Afaneh, said she couldn't wait for her kids to be eligible to get the shot. 

Three of her four kids were able to get vaccinated and had minimal side effects. 

When asked about her decision to get herself and her family vaccinated, Summer said, "I am a nurse, so I have seen the damage that COVID has done in all settings of healthcare ... We just felt lucky we were able to get the vaccine. For me, it was a no-brainer."

Sara, who's entering the eighth grade, hasn't been thinking about college yet, but her 17-year-old sister is a little jealous of her winnings, their mom said.

"We feel so lucky and so blessed that we won, but like Mark said, we're so lucky that we were able to access the vaccine and it was a seamless process," said Summer. 

Ohioans who have had at least one shot have until Sunday night to register for the remaining two Vax-a-Million drawings at or by calling the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4ASKODH. 

Jess Hardin

About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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