Anonymous residents of Parkville, Gaithersburg enjoy VaxCash prizes
An anonymous Baltimore County man is the latest winner to claim a $40,000 prize in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion. The 94-year-old Parkville resident, who was selected in the June 30 drawing, became eligible for the prize after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination this past spring.
The winner, who visited Lottery Headquarters on July 7, said he felt that getting vaccinated was his duty and a necessary step to protect himself and others from the virus. He also said he felt good getting his shot. The retired Navy veteran explained that feeling was just an outgrowth of his upbringing.
“It was just assumed that we would do what was best for everyone,” said the Parkville resident said.
The winner told Lottery officials he is on a fixed income and the Lottery prize would provide help him and his wife tackle expenses and health care costs.
Meanwhile, a Gaithersburg resident claimed another $40,000 prize from the June 22 VaxCash drawing. The Montgomery County man also chose to remain anonymous.
The VaxCash Promotion, announced by Governor Larry Hogan on May 20, was a collaboration of the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health, aimed at incentivizing Marylanders who had not yet received their COVID-19 vaccinations while rewarding those who had. All Maryland residents 18 and older who had received a COVID-19 shot at a non-Federal facility in Maryland at any time were automatically entered into daily drawings held from May 25 through July 4. Beginning with the June 27 drawing, any Maryland resident 18 or older who was vaccinated at a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility located in Maryland was also eligible.
Each day through July 3, one winner was awarded a $40,000 prize, and the promotion concluded on the Fourth of July when a Baltimore City resident won a $400,000 prize.