Baker announces 1st winners of Mass. ‘VaxMillions’ giveaway

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BOSTON (WPRI) — One vaccinated Massachusetts resident is $1 million richer thanks to the ‘Massachusetts VaxMillions’ giveaway.

After holding the first of five drawings on Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Darrell Washington, 63, of Weymouth, is the first to receive the cash prize. He said he’s a case manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“It was actually very important for me to get vaccinated because I have family members who have comorbidities and I just couldn’t imagine me being a host for the virus and then getting them sick and critically ill, and then possibly passing away,” Washington added.

Daniela Maldonado, 15, is a student at Chelsea High School and was awarded a $300,000 college scholarship.

“Now I’m able to achieve goals that I’ve wanted to do, but would have not been able to do if I haven’t had this scholarship,” Maldonado expressed.

She said she plans to use the scholarship money to attend either Boston University or the University of Massachusetts to study history or mathematics.

Baker launched the giveaway as a way to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He said since he announced the program, about 200,000 people have gotten their first shots and about 330,000 have become fully vaccinated.

Eligible residents ages 18 and older who are fully vaccinated can enter to win one of five $1 million cash prizes, while residents between the ages of 12 and 17 have the chance to win one of five $300,000 college scholarships.

In order to be eligible, you must receive your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson on or before the day you register to enter.

There are still four more chances to win with drawings being held every Monday through Aug. 23.

Drawing 2:

  • Entry deadline: July 29
  • Drawing date: Aug. 2
  • Announcement date: Aug. 5

Drawing 3:

  • Entry deadline: Aug. 5
  • Drawing date: Aug. 9
  • Announcement date: Aug. 12

Drawing 4:

  • Entry deadline: Aug. 12
  • Drawing date: Aug. 16
  • Announcement date: Aug. 19

Drawing 5:

  • Entry deadline: Aug. 19
  • Drawing date: Aug. 23
  • Announcement date: Aug. 26

The state verifies an entrant’s vaccination status by accessing their Massachusetts Immunization Information System vaccination record. Entrants consent to this when they register.

Winners will be selected randomly by the Massachusetts State Lottery, which uses a random number generator that assigns a number to each of the individual entrants.

The Lottery will select one potential winner per prize, plus a group of alternates in the event the potential winner is determined to be ineligible.

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