The following is a press release from the Baker-Polito administration
BOSTON — Today, August 12, the Baker-Polito Administration, Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg and the Massachusetts State Lottery announced the winners for the third of five drawings for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway.
As part of the giveaway, fully vaccinated residents ages 18 and older are eligible to enter to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes. Residents between 12-17 years of age who are fully vaccinated may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.
The winner of this week’s $1 million prize is Leo Costinos of Attleboro. He is a controller at a financial firm. He got vaccinated to protect himself, his family and his community. He plans to use his winnings to support his children’s college plans.
The winner of this week’s $300,000 college scholarship is Lilla Eliet of Reading.
She Lilla is entering the 8th grade at Coolidge Middle School in Reading this fall where she is a member of the Coolidge Science Olympiad team. She is already thinking about where she might attend college and is interested in science and technology. She hopes to have a career in the field of medicine. She received the vaccine as soon as she was eligible in order to protect herself and others.
The registration deadline for the fourth VaxMillions Giveaway is today, Thursday, August 12. Winners for that drawing will be drawn on Monday, August 16 and announced on Thursday, August 19. The full list of remaining registration, drawing and announcement dates is listed below.
|Registration DeadlineNote: Two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J&J must be completed by the date below.||How many drawings do I qualify for?||Drawing Date||Announcement Date|
|August 12||Next 2||August 16||August 19|
|August 19||Only final||August 23||August 26|
Residents must be fully vaccinated before registering, but if they are not vaccinated by the registration date for a certain drawing, they will still have the opportunity to complete vaccination and register for subsequent drawings. Residents will only have to enter once to qualify for all drawings occurring after the date of their registration.
To date, over 2.5 million people have signed up for the VaxMillions Giveaway, including 2.3 million residents 18 and older, and over 163,000 residents ages 12-17. Since the program was announced on June 15, over 270,000 residents have gotten a first dose of the vaccine, and over 398,000 residents have become fully vaccinated.
Massachusetts remains a national leader in vaccinations with over 4.4 million residents fully vaccinated and over 5 million residents with at least one dose (including J&J).
How to Enter
Eligible residents are able to enter the giveaway at VaxMillionsGiveaway.com. For residents who do not have access to the internet or require assistance, a call center can be reached by calling 2-1-1 during the below hours:
- Monday-Thursday: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
- Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Live call center workers are available in English and Spanish, and 100 additional languages are available through translators.
Massachusetts residents 18 years of age and older who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will have a chance to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes.
Massachusetts residents between 12 and 17 years of age who have received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants via a 529 College Savings Plan managed by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Funds in a 529 plan can be applied to cover tuition, room and board, and related expenses at any college, university, or technical or trade school or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Winners with a qualifying disability may elect instead to receive an equivalent financial contribution to a special needs trust or federally qualified ABLE account to cover qualified expenses.
Only legal, permanent residents of Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated can enter the drawings. Residents must have received their vaccine doses within Massachusetts. Residents must be fully vaccinated prior to submitting their entry.
Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2-1-1 to report any instances of fraud or suspicious activity associated with the VaxMillions Giveaway Promotion. Residents are reminded that official prize notification emails related to the VaxMillions Giveaway will come from a Massachusetts Department of Public Health email address ending in “@mass.gov.” More information on tips for identifying suspected fraud can be found here.
There are over 900 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth, with appointments and walk-ins widely available. Residents seeking a vaccine can visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccine to find a vaccine location that is convenient for them.
For more information on the Mass VaxMillions Giveaway, visit VaxMillionsGiveaway.com.