Parkton Retiree Claims $50,000 VaxCash 2.0 Prize

Parkton retiree Melvin Rosier, Jr. claims his $50,000 VaxCash 2.0 Promotion prize.

Winner was selected in March 8 drawing

When Melvin Rosier, Jr. received his COVID-19 vaccination and booster, he had no idea it would lead him to a $50,000 windfall. The Baltimore County resident visited Lottery headquarters on March 25 and claimed his VaxCash 2.0 Promotion prize from the March 8 drawing.

The Baltimore County Government retiree said that getting vaccinated was a “no-brainer.”

“Not getting the vaccine would be like gambling with your life,” the 64-year-old said. “You would be taking a big chance by not getting vaccinated.”

At first, the Parkton grandfather of two did not believe the win was real. After doing some additional research, and talking with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) representative who called to inform him of the prize, Melvin began believing it was the real deal.

“There are so many scams out there, I just wanted to be sure it was legit,” Melvin said.

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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 through 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.

Thus far, the promotion has awarded one $500,000 prize and five $50,000 prizes, with five $50,000 drawings still to come. 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.