October 13, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces Third Round Winners of the #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes in Partnership with New York's Professional Football Teams

Governor Hochul Announces Third Round Winners of the #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes in Partnership with New York's Professional Football Teams

Prizes Include Game Tickets, Special In-Game Experiences, Signed Gear and More From the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New
York Jets

Vaccine Encouragement Videos Featuring Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills Available Here and Carl Banks of the New York Giants Available Here

All New Yorkers Who Receive Their First Covid-19 Vaccine September 9 to October 24 are Eligible; Parents and Guardians Can Enter for New Yorkers Ages 12-17 Years Old

Two More Drawings to be Held at the Drawing Scheduled Available Here; Eligible New Yorkers Can Enter Sweepstakes Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the third-round winners of New York State's #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes - an incentive program designed to encourage unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated in partnership with New York's professional football teams. The prizes for winners include game tickets, special in-game experiences, stadium tours, signed gear, FaceTime calls with alumni players, and more from the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and New York Jets. New York State is administering the random drawings and new winners are selected each week over five weeks total. Two drawings remain after this week. All New Yorkers who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose September 9, 2021 - October 24, 2021 are eligible. Parents and guardians can enter for school-aged New Yorkers 12-17 years old here.

As part of these efforts, the State has also launched an integrated media campaign with each team, including vaccine encouragement videos with alumni players who have each received the COVID-19 vaccine themselves. The first two videos—featuring Bruce Smith, Hall of Fame Defensive End of the Buffalo Bills and Carl Banks, two-time Superbowl Champion of the New York Giants—are available for all New Yorkers to view here and here, respectively.

"Our #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes celebrates New Yorkers who step up to get vaccinated," Governor Hochul said. "In partnership with all of New York's professional football teams, our new vaccine encouragement videos will reach New Yorkers of all ages in new ways - utilizing messengers New Yorkers look up to and trust. I congratulate our third-round winners, and I thank New York's football teams for lending their platforms and voices to this critical effort and joining the State in encouraging all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated."


The third-round winners are:


Buffalo Bills Prizes:

Alexander Gentile, Niagara County

Darius Walker, Monroe County

Shawn Pope, Wyoming County

Jorge Quiros, Erie County

Thomas Lucas, Ontario County

Joseph Groom, Erie County

Nichole Cammarata, Erie County


New York Giants Prizes:

Christine Jimenez, Queens County


New York Jets Prizes:

Amanda Porter, Greene County

Remilekin Olanipekun, Kings County

Nastasia Thomas, Bronx County

James Zarcone, Suffolk County

Makayla Slane, Rensselaer County


The New York State Department of Health has verified the vaccination status of winners.

New Yorkers can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a nearby vaccine location and get vaccinated against COVID-19 today.

To learn more about New York State's #VaxandWin football sweepstakes, interested New Yorkers can visit the site here and eligible New Yorkers can enter the sweepstakes here

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and school-aged children, New Yorkers can visit our dedicated website ny.gov/vaxtoschool or follow @VaccinateNY on Instagram.

Contact the Governor's Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474-8418
New York City: (212) 681-4640


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