By Rohan Mattu

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — A 61-year-old realtor and Air Force veteran from Glen Burnie is the second person to claim a $40,000 prize in Maryland’s $2 million VaxCash promotion.

Gerard Dupree’s number was drawn in the May 28 drawing. He said the call from the Department of Health put a smile on his face after a tough period following his COVID-19 diagnosis. The money will help him recover financially, the Maryland Lottery said.

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“Enduring virus symptoms and the isolation that came with it was extreme for me personally, but also for other family members who also contracted the virus,” said Dupree. “I felt a responsibility and duty to share that with others.

Dupree said he chose to get vaccinated as an act of service and to avoid a second diagnosis.

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“At first I was skeptical of the virus, but even with my bout in March, I could tell this was a powerful virus,” Dupree said. “If that was just a taste, I was certain I’d rather take the vaccine than face another round with COVID-19.”