Winner says prize is ‘blessing on top of a medical miracle’
An anonymous Montgomery County man is the latest winner to claim a $40,000 prize in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion. Selected in the June 7 drawing, he became eligible after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in late January.
Upon visiting Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim his prize, he said that while he was relieved to be vaccinated, finding out he was a VaxCash winner was just an extra unexpected surprise.
“This is a blessing on top of a medical miracle,” he said.
The retired legal professional explained that he was eager to get a COVID-19 shot after spending quite a bit of time self-quarantining.
“With each stage of the family getting the vaccine we could gather and relax in each other’s company,” he said. “It’s been amazingly beneficial.”
The 70-year-old Montgomery County resident said he hasn’t yet made plans for his $40,000 prize, but added that he’d love to do something good with it. The prize and the opportunity to make a positive contribution with just his words and actions have been unexpected.
“I never imagined that I would be in a place to do something beneficial for the public with just my words, but here I am,” explained the winner.
The VaxCash Promotion, announced by Governor Larry Hogan on May 20, is a collaboration of the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health, aimed at incentivizing Marylanders who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccinations while rewarding those who have. All Maryland residents 18 and older who have received a COVID-19 shot at a non-Federal facility in Maryland at any time are automatically entered into daily drawings being held from May 25 through July 4.
Each day through July 3, one winner will receive a $40,000 prize, and the promotion culminates on the Fourth of July when one winner will receive a $400,000 prize.