“Booster Bucks” of Hyattsville plans to pay off student loans with some of her $50,000 VaxCash 2.0 Promotion prize.
Winner was selected in March 1 drawing
The most recent VaxCash 2.0 Promotion prize has been claimed by a 30-year-old Hyattsville woman who visited Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore on March 7.
The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, decided to use the nickname “Booster Bucks” to help encourage others to get vaccinated.
“Vaccinations have been saving lives for hundreds of years,” the winner told Lottery officials after being asked why she chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. “I also wanted to get vaccinated for my job — it’s just the right thing to do.”
Although she had heard about the promotion before her win, the excited Prince George’s County resident was cautious at first, not sure whether to believe it was real. She felt more reassured through each step of the process.
The winner gives back to the community every day by working with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. With her prize, she plans to invest and pay off student loans.
The VaxCash 2.0 Promotion, which was announced by Governor Larry Hogan on Feb. 8, will award $2 million in cash prizes in weekly drawings from Feb. 15 to May 3. VaxCash 2.0 aims to incentivize Marylanders to get the COVID-19 booster. All Maryland residents 18 and older who have received an initial shot(s) and a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at eligible facilities in Maryland at any time are eligible to win. No registration or entry is needed.
The Hyattsville woman is the second of 10 $50,000 winners. The promotion’s first drawing on Feb. 15 awarded a $500,000 prize to a Dundalk woman, and the last drawing on May 3 will award a grand prize of $1 million.
VaxCash 2.0 follows last year’s successful collaboration between the Lottery and MDH for the VaxCash Promotion that ran from May 25 through July 4, 2021, awarding $2 million in prizes to vaccinated Marylanders. For complete details about VaxCash 2.0, including the official rules and a list of frequently asked questions and answers, visit the VaxCash 2.0 page.