State’s $1 million giveaway for vaccinated residents begins

BOSTON — Vaccination will begin paying off in a new way for Massachusetts residents. The state’s new VaxMillions Giveaway website went live overnight for those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Winners will have the chance to collect one of five $1 million dollar prizes or, for those 12-17 years of age, $300,000 scholarships.

Five scholarships are also being given out.

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According to the VaxMillions website, to be eligible, you must have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, received the vaccine in the commonwealth or if a veteran, at a VA hospital or clinic, be a permanent resident of Massachusetts, and at least 12 years of age.

Governor Charlie Baker announced the program in mid-June, at the time, the state had not reached four million fully vaccinated residents, as of June 30th, 4.2 million people residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Those looking to register for the first drawing must do so online by July 22nd at 11:59 p.m., or if they do not have internet access, can call 211, according to the state’s site.

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Verification for official winners will come after state health department and lottery review and attempt to confirm the winner eligibility, according to the official rules listed the VaxMillions website.

People who want to enter may only enter once, and those entries will be good for the duration of the giveaway. If a mistake is made on an entry, it can be submitted again, the state says duplicate entries will be removed.