Bethel family wins vaccine incentive sweepstakes

Elia Samuelson (Bethel) is one of the week three winners of the Alaska Chamber’s Give AK a Shot sweepstakes. Elia Samuelson wins a $49,000 scholarship administered as an Alaska 529 savings plan. Elia Samuelson’s mother Carol Samuelson also wins $10,000 for being vaccinated. Jim Durkee of Fairbanks is the other winner, he will get $49,000 in cash. The two winners were selected randomly by an independent auditor and vetted for eligibility through Alaska’s Immunization Information System (VacTrAK).

To date, winners of the Give AK a Shot program have hailed from across the state: Valdez, Kodiak, Palmer, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Bethel.

Alaskans who receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine now through Oct. 30, are eligible to enter the Alaska Chamber’s Give AK a Shot drawing for a chance to win $49,000. The next weekly drawing entries are due this Saturday, Oct. 2. Newly vaccinated Alaskans are only eligible to win in the week they are vaccinated. It is incumbent upon the newly vaccinated individual to enter the drawing during the same week in which they received their COVID-19 vaccine.

A remainder of 12 prize drawings are split between two categories: Alaskans aged 18 and older and Alaskans aged 12-17 will be awarded. Two drawing pools will be created per week for those newly vaccinated for COVID-19, and two drawing pools total for those vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to Sept. 2, 2021. Alaskans vaccinated before Sept. 2 may enter once any time between now and Oct. 30 for their chance to win.

Eligibility requirements for the Give AK a Shot incentive program include:

Entrant must be an Alaska resident aged 12 or older.

Must be in receipt of the first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine at any time before or during the sweepstakes period.

Must have received a vaccination in Alaska.

OR if a veteran, at any VA hospital or VA clinic

To enter, participants must provide the following information into the secure website: name, date of entry, first-dose COVID-19 vaccination date, COVID-19 vaccination location, and Alaska residency status.

Entries accepted and official rules and FAQs are available at