Winslow Woman Wins Big Bucks in Sweepstakes Says Governor Mills


Kay Spofford, Winner of Maine’s Sweepstakes Announced Today by Governor Janet T. Mills.

Kay Spofford of Winslow won $896,809 in Maine’s Don’t Miss your Shot:  Vaccinatioland Sweepstakes, a statewide program to encourage Maine people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 according to a press release issued by Governor Janet T. Mills office today.

Spofford, a dialysis dietitian in her early 60s, received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in January and February at Maine General Medical Center’s Thayer Center for Health in Waterville.  She said she got vaccinated as soon as possible to protect her patients, who have serious kidney disease. as well as her loved ones and community.

The Sweepstakes prize grew with every vaccination, totaling $1 for every person vaccinated in Maine by today, the Fourth of July.  Since Maine launched the Sweepstakes on June 16, 20,154 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maine.

“It is a pleasure to congratulate Kay on winning big in the Don’t Miss Your Shot:  Vaccinationland Sweepstakes,” said Governor Mills.  “On this Fourth of July, I think Kay and all Maine people who have rolled up their sleeves to declare their independence from COVID-19.  If you haven’t been vaccinated already, there’s no better time to take this critical step to help Maine put the pandemic behind us.”

“We extend our congratulations to Kay Spofford on not only winning the sweepstakes, but on protecting herself, her patients and her community by getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Department of Health & Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and MaineCDC Director Nirav D. Shah.  “People across Maine are able to gether safely to celebrate this Fourth of July thanks to people like Kay.  These vaccines are safe, effective and free.  If you haven’t yet rolled up your sleeve, we urge you to visit a vaccination clinic as soon as you can.”

“It still feels surreal that I’m the winner of the Sweepstakes,” said winner Kay Spofford.  “My husband and I strive for a simple life, but this money will give us peace of mind in our retirement and allow us to make repairs to our house and travel to visit our children and our grandbaby on the way.  I encourage everyone in Maine to get vaccinated to keep themselves and others safe and to help Maine continue leading the fight against COVID-19.”  Spofford was randomly selected from among all eligible entries, using a process that mirrored that used by the Maine State Lottery.

Maine has already met President Biden’s July Fourth goal of delivering at least one shot to 70% of adult (18+) Americans in reaching that number on May 12, 53 days early.  Nearly 78% of Maine adults have received at least one dose, while more than 70% are fully vaccinated.  Maine ranks third best in the nation in terms of fully vaccinated residents.

Maine received 350,256 entries for the Sweepstakes.