5 things to know about the VaxMillions lottery draw in Mass.

1. Who is eligible, exactly?

For cash withdrawals, state residents are eligible if they are 18 or older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Residents are considered fully vaccinated against the virus if they have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Baker administration said in a statement that only “lawful permanent residents of Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated” can enter the contest. “Residents must have received their vaccine doses in Massachusetts. Residents must be fully vaccinated before submitting their application.

Residents between the ages of 12 and 17 who are fully immunized, according to the release, can enter to win one of five $300,000 scholarships.

2. I am a fully immunized adult and could use a super million – how can I participate?

While details are still being worked out, Baker’s office said that starting July 1, “Massachusetts residents will be able to participate in the VaxMillions Giveaway online. If you don’t have internet access or you need assistance, a call center will be available. Registration information and call center contact details and contact hours will be available by July 1.

Additional information about the program and the entry process is available online at https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-vaxmillions-giveaway.

3. So when are the drawings?

Baker’s office said the draws “will take place once a week for five weeks beginning the week of Monday, July 26 and continuing through the week ending Friday, August 27.” In total, officials said, the competition will award five $1 million cash prizes and five $300,000 scholarships.

4. What is the problem with these subsidies?

According to Baker’s office, the scholarships will be awarded through a “529 college savings plan operated by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA).”

Funds from these plans, the statement said, “may be applied to cover tuition, room and board, and related expenses at any college, university, technical or trade school, or other post-secondary institution eligible to participate. to a student assistance program administered by the United States Department of Education.

Winners with an eligible disability, the statement continued, “may choose instead to receive a financial contribution equivalent to a special needs trust or federally qualified ABLE account to cover eligible expenses.”

5. Alright, I’m in. I’m going to roll up my sleeve to try my seven-figure luck. But is there a vaccination site near me?

Absolutely, if you live within the friendly confines of the Commonwealth.

The statement noted that there are over “900 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth, with appointment and walk-in visits widely available”. Residents can find a place near them on the state’s vaxfinder.mass.gov website.


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