In full transparency, the following is a press release
BOSTON — Today, August 19, the Baker-Polito Administration, Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg and the Massachusetts State Lottery announced the winners for the fourth 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 Lilly Guttenplan of Lowell. She is an Elementary ESL teacher and a mother of two. She got vaccinated to protect herself, her family, and her community. She is thankful to all the frontline workers and everyone who is still responding to the many challenges of COVID in different ways. She and her husband plan to put the winnings towards their daughters’ college education.
The winner of this week’s $300,000 college scholarship is Nadia Dutton of Rockland. Nadia is entering her sophomore year at Rockland High School this fall where she is a three sport athlete on the girls volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams. She wants to pursue a career in nursing and would one day like to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She is hoping to attend a four year college in the New England area and is very interested in Salve Regina University as this is where her mom attained her nursing degree. She got vaccinated after seeing the impacts of COVID on her community and to help protect others.
The registration deadline for the fifth and final VaxMillions Giveaway is today, Thursday, August 19. Winners for that drawing will be drawn on Monday, August 23 and announced on Thursday, August 26.
Residents must be fully vaccinated before registering. Residents 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 166,000 residents ages 12-17. Since the program was announced on June 15, over 300,000 residents have gotten a first dose of the vaccine, and over 420,000 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.