State Launches $2 Million ‘VaxCash’ Lottery

As the State of Maryland continues its effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines and end the pandemic, Governor Hogan, the Maryland Lottery, and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced the launch of the $2 Million ‘VaxCash’ Giveaway, which will award $2 million in cash prizes to a total of 41 Maryland residents who have been vaccinated.

Daily drawings will be held from Tuesday, May 25 through Sunday, July 4. Maryland residents 18 and older who have received a COVID-19 vaccination in Maryland at any time are eligible to win. No registration or entry is needed.

Each day from May 25 through July 3, one winner will be randomly drawn to win a $40,000 prize. Then, the VaxCash Giveaway wraps up on the Fourth of July when a final drawing will award one winner a grand prize of $400,000.

The Lottery will work in close collaboration with MDH on the VaxCash Giveaway. Each Maryland resident age 18 or older who has been vaccinated in Maryland will be randomly assigned a number in a secure system maintained by MDH, which serves as the custodian of Maryland’s vaccination records. Separately, the Lottery will use a random number generator to select a winning number each day from the total number of people who have been vaccinated.

Prizes will be paid directly from the Lottery’s marketing budget, and will not at all diminish the Lottery’s contribution to the Maryland General Fund. Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more than $28.2 billion in prizes to players and contributed nearly $17.3 billion to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources, and the environment.

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