Mass. announces first winners of state’s $1M lottery for getting vaccinated

Mass. announces first winners of state’s $1M lottery for getting vaccinated
Daniela Maldonado, Darrell Washington (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – It’s come to this?]

After getting their COVID-19 vaccine shots earlier this spring, two lucky Massachusetts residents received some life-changing money this week.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced the first two winners in the state’s VaxMillions Giveaway for fully vaccinated residents during a press conference Thursday:

Darrell Washington, a 63-year-old Blue Cross Blue Shield case manager from Weymouth, won the first $1 million cash prize, and Daniela Maldonado, a 15-year-old Chelsea resident, won the giveaway’s first $300,000 scholarship grant.

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Baker announced the lottery-style sweepstakes for fully vaccinated residents in June as an incentive for more residents to get their shots.

However, Washington and Maldonado didn’t need any additional persuading; both got their vaccines earlier this spring shortly after they became eligible.

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