Awarding big cash prizes each week to Marylanders who keep up to date with their COVID vaccinations by being boosted. Grand prize $1,000,000.
Boost and you’re in.
To incentivize more Marylanders to get COVID-19 booster shots, the $2 Million VaxCash 2.0 Promotion will award $2 million in cash prizes to Maryland residents who have received initial doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine at eligible locations in Maryland. A total of 12 Marylanders will win cash prizes in drawings that will be held each Tuesday from February 15, 2022, through May 3, 2022.
To be eligible, you must be a Maryland resident, at least 18 years old, and you must have received an initial dose and booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at non-Federal facilities in Maryland. Maryland residents who were vaccinated at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs locations in Maryland ARE ELIGIBLE.
All eligible Marylanders will automatically be entered into the drawings — there are no additional steps to take — and if you’re eligible, you’ll be in the drawings no matter when you received your booster.
For details, see the Official Rules and Frequently Asked Questions below.
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$2 million in prizes.
The first drawing on February 15 will award a $500,000 prize to one vaccinated and boosted Marylander. The next 10 weekly drawings will each award one $50,000 prize. A grand prize drawing will be held May 3 to award one $1 million prize.
The sooner you’re boosted, the more drawings you’ll be part of.
Marylanders who have already been boosted and those that choose to during the promotion period are already winning by continuing to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities against COVID-19. And during the promotion, they can also win big bucks!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the VaxCash 2.0 Promotion?
To incentivize more Marylanders to get COVID-19 booster shots, the VaxCash 2.0 Promotion will award $2 million in cash prizes to Maryland residents age 18 or older who have received initial doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines at eligible facilities in Maryland. Drawings will be held each Tuesday from February 15, 2022 through May 3, 2022. The first drawing on February 15 will award one kick-off prize of $500,000. The next 10 weekly drawings will each award one prize of $50,000. And the promotion will conclude with a drawing on May 3, 2022 that will award one grand prize of $1 Million. The promotion is jointly run by the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Lottery, in conjunction with the Office of Governor Larry Hogan.
Who is eligible, and how do I enter?
Anyone who meets the following eligibility requirements is automatically entered in the drawings — there are no additional steps to take for entry:
To be eligible:
- You must be at least 18 years old;
- You must be a Maryland resident;
- You must have received an initial dose and a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;
- All of your shots must have been administered at non-Federal facilities in Maryland, however individuals who were vaccinated at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Maryland ARE ELIGIBLE.
Certain employees of the Maryland Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, as well as certain vendor employees and individuals who are on Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency’s voluntary exclusion list for Lottery are not eligible. See official rules for details.
How does the Lottery know if I have received an initial dose and a booster dose?
For the purposes of the VaxCash 2.0 Promotion, you are considered to have received your initial COVID-19 shot(s) and a booster if your record in the State of Maryland’s Immunization Information System, ImmuNet, shows any of the following:
- You received an initial two-shot series of the Moderna vaccine AND at least one additional COVID-19 vaccine shot (at least three total shots); or
- You received an initial two-shot series of the Pfizer vaccine AND at least one additional COVID-19 vaccine shot (at least three total shots); or
- You received one initial shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND at least one additional COVID-19 shot (at least two total shots).
Does my booster dose have to be the same brand as my initial dose?
No. You can have an initial dose made by one company and a booster dose made by a different company.
What if I was vaccinated at a Federal facility in Maryland? What if I was vaccinated out of state?
With the exception of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities located in Maryland, the Federal government will not provide the Maryland Department of Health with the records of Marylanders who were vaccinated at Federal facilities. The Maryland Department of Health is also not able to obtain records of Marylanders who were vaccinated in other states. For that reason, individuals vaccinated at such facilities or in other states are not eligible.
How can I verify my vaccination record?
Can I submit my vaccination record to the Maryland Department of Health?
No. The Maryland Department of Health will not accept vaccine records submitted by individuals.
Am I eligible if I received my booster before the promotion was announced?
Yes. If you received your initial COVID-19 shot(s) AND at least one COVID-19 booster shot at any eligible facility in Maryland at any time, you are automatically included in the drawings as soon as a record of your initial dose and booster dose are received and accepted as valid in the ImmuNet System.
Am I eligible if I was vaccinated at stores or sites that were supported by the Federal government?
Yes, because they are not Federal facilities. CVS and Walgreens stores received Federal funds to implement their COVID-19 vaccination programs, but they are NOT Federal facilities. Vaccination clinics in Maryland operated by or supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are NOT Federal facilities. FEMA-supported vaccination sites (the Greenbelt Metro Station, Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf and the FEMA Mobile Vaccination Units that visited locations across Maryland) are NOT Federal facilities. Thus, Maryland residents 18 and older who were vaccinated at these locations are eligible for the drawings.
How will you conduct the drawings?
The drawings will be conducted using a random number generator — a computer program that randomly selects a number from within a given range. On the day of each drawing, the Maryland Department of Health will provide the Maryland Lottery with the number of adults in the state who have received an initial dose AND a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at eligible facilities in Maryland. The Lottery will draw one winning number and four alternate numbers from within that range and provide the numbers to the Department of Health, which will locate the individuals who correspond to the winning numbers and contact them. The Maryland Lottery will not have the names of individuals who are in the drawing pool and will not be drawing names. The Lottery will be drawing numbers only.
How are my health records being protected?
The Maryland Department of Health maintains a secure computer system containing the records and personal data of those who have had COVID-19 initial doses and booster doses administered at eligible facilities in Maryland. The Maryland Lottery has no access to that computer system.
How will I be notified if I won, and how do I claim the prize?
Winners will first receive a notification from the Maryland Department of Health, which will make multiple attempts to reach each winner by phone and email. The Maryland Department of Health will send each winner a “VaxCash 2.0 Promotion Authorization Form” that will allow the Maryland Department of Health to release information about you to the Maryland Lottery and for the Maryland Lottery to report certain information back to the Department of Budget and Management. Winners must sign and return the authorization form to the Maryland Department of Health in order to accept the prize.
By signing and returning the form, winners will give the Maryland Department of Health consent to provide their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses to the Maryland Lottery. When the Maryland Lottery receives that information, a member of the Lottery’s Communications staff will contact you to guide you through the claims process, which will require each winner to provide a copy of their Social Security Number, a valid photo ID, any waiver and release of liability required by the Lottery, and a signed Maryland Lottery claim form.
What if I win and I want to decline the prize?
If you are selected and don’t wish to claim the prize you can indicate that to Maryland Department of Health staff when they contact you and sign a declination form. The prize will then be awarded to an alternate for that drawing.
If I win, do I have to pay taxes on the prize?
Yes. Winners will receive a 1099-MISC, and taxes will be deducted. The mandatory deductions for any prize larger than $5,000 are 24% for Federal tax and 8.95% for Maryland resident state tax. Outstanding obligations to the state and child support arrears will be deducted from the prizes if winners owe any such debts. The Maryland Lottery encourages the winners of all large prizes to consider speaking with a qualified tax professional.
Can I remain anonymous if I win?
Winners will have the option to remain anonymous. For winners from larger towns with populations of 20,000 or more, the location of the winners’ hometowns will be published. For winners from smaller towns, only the winners’ home counties will be published.
Is there a deadline to participate in the drawings?
You will be included in the drawings if a record of your initial doses and your booster dose have been received and accepted as valid in the State of Maryland’s Immunization Information System, ImmuNet, by 11:59:59 p.m. on the day prior to each drawing date. The weekly drawing dates and their deadlines are as follows:
- February 15, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. February 14, 2022)
- February 22, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. February 21, 2022)
- March 1, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. February 28, 2022)
- March 8, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. March 7, 2022)
- March 15, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. March 14, 2022)
- March 22, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. March 21, 2022)
- March 29, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. March 28, 2022)
- April 5, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. April 4, 2022)
- April 12, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. April 11, 2022)
- April 19, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. April 18, 2022)
- April 26, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. April 25, 2022)
- May 3, 2022 drawing (Deadline 11:59:59 p.m. May 2, 2022)
If I had more than one COVID-19 booster, do I have more than one chance to win? Can I win more than once?
No. Each eligible person is entered only once by virtue of receiving their first COVID-19 booster. Each person is eligible to win only once during the promotion.
What if I don’t want to participate in the drawings?
Individuals may exclude themselves from the drawings by contacting the Maryland Lottery in writing. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are on Maryland Lottery and Gaming’s voluntary exclusion list for Lottery will be excluded from the drawings.
Where is the money coming from to pay for this promotion?
The prize money will be paid from the State of Maryland’s portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), federal legislation that included funds allocated to state governments for COVID-19 relief and vaccination efforts.
VaxCash 2.0 Promotion – Location of Winners*
from Dundalk, MD
from Montgomery County, MD
from Hyattsville, MD
from Parkton, MD
from Severn, MD
from Anne Arundel County, MD
from Elkridge, MD
from Cecil County, MD
from Montgomery County, MD
from Ellicott City, MD
from Prince George’s County, MD
from Baltimore, MD
*Winners’ locations are subject to change pending confirmation of eligibility and validation. Should the original winner chosen not be eligible, the calendar will be updated to reflect the location of the alternate winner. Winners will remain anonymous unless they give the Maryland Lottery written consent for publicity.