Veterans that reside in Maryland and received a COVID-19 shot at a VA clinic will not be in the Maryland lottery vaccination pool

Back on May 20th “Governor Hogan, Maryland Lottery Announce $2 Million Promotion For Vaccinations; Lottery to Award $40,000 A Day For 40 Days, $400,000 For The Fourth of July“. In that announcement:

As the State of Maryland continues its effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines and end the pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Lottery, and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced the launch of the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion, 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. The $2 Million VaxCash Promotion wraps up on the Fourth of July when a final drawing will award one winner a grand prize of $400,000.

Also noted in that announcement:

How do I enter?

Entry is simple: All you have to do is be a Maryland resident and get at least one vaccination for COVID-19 in Maryland. There are no extra steps. Certain employees of the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Lottery, as well as certain vendor employees are not eligible. See official rules for details.

What if I am already vaccinated? Am I still eligible?

Yes. Maryland residents who have received at least one vaccination for COVID-19 administered in Maryland at any time are eligible.

See the full announcement here:

Back on May 20th I asked the following question on Twitter to Mike Ricci (Communications Director for Governor Hogan):

“Are Maryland residents and veterans that received their COVID-19 vaccination through VA Maryland Health Care System eligible and automatically entered into this promotion?”

I also tagged the Maryland Department of Health and The VA Maryland Health Care System in my tweet.

I never received an answer to my question on Twitter.

In an article from Fox 45 on May 24th “Two kinds of COVID vaccination sites will leave you out of Maryland’s $40,000 lottery” the following is noted:

If you received your vaccine at a federal site, like any of the FEMA-run vaccination centers, or at a VA clinic you will not be in the lottery pool. This includes the vaccination site at the Greenbelt Metro Station – it is run by FEMA.

That’s because the federal vaccination program does not coordinate with the state’s program

Read the full article here:

As a resident of Maryland and a Veteran that received my shot from the BALTIMORE VA Medical Center I am pretty disappointed that folks like me, other veterans and their family members will be left out of this process for receiving a COVID-19 shot from the VA right here in Maryland.

The lottery drawings are schedule to start today. Maybe the state will fix this oversight and encourage all residents to get their vaccinations at any location in Maryland to be part of this promotion.

Scott E

One comment

  1. I work for the DoD and received my vaccine through work. A colleague of mine who was also vaccinated through our organization told me that his PCP recorded his vaccination status this making him eligible for the lottery. Just thought I’d share in case that works for anyone else not vaccinated through the state.


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