Bryan Schlein of Towson claimed a $40,000 prize as the June 5 winner in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion.
COVID-19 testing coordinator encourages others to get vaccinated
The Maryland Lottery has awarded a $40,000 prize in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion to Towson resident Bryan Schlein, who visited Lottery Headquarters on June 9 to claim his prize.
Schlein, the winner in the June 5 drawing, received a call from a Maryland Department of Health representative last weekend informing him that he had been selected as a winner. Schlein became eligible to win the $40,000 prize by getting vaccinated earlier this year. Along with many other healthcare workers, Schlein received his COVID-19 vaccine in January.
“I was working in a healthcare setting, and I wanted to be able to continue work that I considered important and also be safe,” said Schlein.
As the pandemic began, the 39-year-old was transitioning between jobs. Months later the Towson University graduate and former TU residence life coordinator found the opportunity to return to his alma mater and make a difference, first as a volunteer and later as a site coordinator in the university’s COVID-19 testing program. Schlein’s team has performed COVID-19 tests daily for Towson University students, faculty and staff throughout the pandemic.
“I’m proud of our ability to keep the campus safe,” he said. “I know the work we’re doing is a key part of the university’s path to an open campus and keeping the athletics programs running.”
Although he did not originally plan a career in healthcare, Schlein said