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Teen reacts to winning 4-year college scholarship in Ohio’s vaccine lottery [Video]

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio — Joseph Costello, a high school freshman, will have his college education paid for thanks to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Joseph, of Englewood, Ohio, was announced Wednesday as the winner of a full-ride, four-year scholarship – with room, board tuition and books – in Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery.

“It feels very good,” Joseph, 14, said Thursday on “Good Morning America,” adding that he hopes to attend either Miami University or Ohio State University. “I’m very happy about it and excited.”

Joseph’s name was drawn from nearly 105,000 entries among vaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds in a drawing held Monday at the Ohio Lottery.

Joseph and Abbigail Bugenske, 22, who won the first $1 million prize for eligible adults, were announced as the winners on live television Wednesday night.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine visited Costello and his family, and shared a picture of the moment on his personal Twitter page.

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