Colorado Comeback Cash FAQ

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What is Colorado Comeback Cash?

Colorado Comeback Cash is a new public health initiative in Colorado intended to promote and incentivize COVID-19 vaccination. It consists of weekly drawings that eligible Colorado residents will automatically be entered into if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine subject to eligibility rules. 

 

How does someone enter the drawing?

Entries are automatic upon an individual receiving at least the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination and the individual’s vaccination information being received and accepted as valid by the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), the Veterans Administration (“VA”) immunization records database or the Department of Defense (“DOD”) immunization records database, where applicable, by 11:59:59pm Daylight Time the night before the drawing. That is the only way to enter the drawing.

If someone contacts you asking for your personal information to enter you into the drawing, it is a scam. Any website that claims to let you sign up for the drawing by entering your personal information is also a scam. You should report scams related to the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

 

I was vaccinated by a Department of Defense and/or Veteran’s Administration health provider. Am I eligible to win?

If CDPHE receives timely information from the VA or the DoD for eligible individuals in their immunization records databases, then you will be eligible to win.

 

Where is the Colorado Comeback Cash money coming from?

The purpose of this promotion is to incentivize Colorado residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and the prize money is being paid for with federal funds given to the state of Colorado to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Are already vaccinated individuals eligible to enter the drawing?

Yes. Eligible individuals who were vaccinated prior to the launch of Colorado Comeback Cash will automatically be entered into the drawing if their records are contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System.

 

How old do you have to be to be eligible?

You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing. Coloradans 12-17 are eligible for the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing (see below for FAQ on the Scholarship drawings).

 

Do you have to be a Colorado state resident to participate in the drawing?

Yes, you must be a living resident of the state of Colorado.

 

How will I be notified if I’ve won?

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will contact you to request use of your information for the purposes of verifying your eligibility to win the prize. All enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers are required to report administered COVID-19 doses to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), including demographic information about vaccine recipients. CDPHE will contact potential winners based on the contact information found within their CIIS record. However, all potential winners will be subject to a process to verify eligibility prior to receiving a prize.

 

I just got a phone call telling me I’d won the drawing. How can I be sure it’s real?

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will contact potential winners via email or phone. CDPHE will never ask you for any personally identifying information over the phone or via email or text. If you receive a phone call, email, or text asking for your personal information in relation to the drawing, it may be a scam. You should report scams related to the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

 

How long does the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing run?

Drawings for $1 million will be held each week for five weeks, beginning June 2. The winner of each drawing will be announced on the Friday after the drawing for the first four weeks on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, and for the final drawing the winner will be announced July 7. The last day to get vaccinated and qualify for the final drawing is June 30.

 

By what date do people have to be vaccinated to be eligible? 

The drawing will be based on the vaccine records contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), the VA immunization records database, or the DoD immunization records database, where applicable, at 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time the night before the drawing. It can take a few days for information to be entered into the CIIS, so you should try to get vaccinated as far in advance of the drawing as possible. The last day to qualify is June 30th for the final drawing.

 

Is my personal immunization information safe?

Yes. Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) maintains the records and personal data of those who have had COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Colorado within the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), a confidential, population-based, secure computerized system. The Colorado Lottery will not have access to CIIS. CDPHE will randomly assign a number to each eligible person for the purposes of this promotion. On the morning of the drawing, CDPHE will report to the Colorado Lottery the total number of Colorado residents 18 or older who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination that was received and accepted as valid in CIIS. This report will only report the number of eligible individuals and will NOT report any personal information of those individuals. The Colorado Lottery will then use a random number generator to draw a winning number from within the range provided by CDPHE. CDPHE will then make contact with the potential winner and request a written release and additional information to verify their eligibility. The person’s personal health information will not ever be disclosed.

 

How do I know my information is in the Colorado vaccination database?

Providers are required to report every dose of COVID-19 vaccine that they administer to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). The vast majority of people who have been vaccinated in Colorado are in the vaccination database. Most doses are reported within one to three days of administration and the remaining are usually reported within four to seven days. Providers and vaccine clinics have reported over 5.7 million COVID-19 doses into CIIS. If you would like to confirm that you are in the database, you may check your vaccination records through the online Colorado Immunization Information System Public Portal. To protect health records, what you enter into the form must exactly match what was inputted by your vaccine provider. You are likely in the database even if you cannot find your records in the portal.

 

Why can’t I find my vaccination records in CIIS’s online portal?

If you have been unable to verify your immunization information through the online Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) portal, it is most likely because the information your health care provider reported does not exactly match what you are entering in the portal. When searching through the portal, the following fields must match exactly what the provider entered: first name, last name, date of birth, gender, and mobile phone number and/or email address. Because CIIS has records of all vaccinations entered by Colorado providers, not just COVID-19 vaccinations, you may have an older phone number or email address associated with your name in the system. If a friend or family member scheduled your vaccine appointment for you, their phone number or email address may be associated with your information.

If you are unable to find your information in the portal, call Colorado’s vaccine hotline for assistance at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

 

What if I live in Colorado but got vaccinated out of state?

If you are a Colorado resident but received your COVID-19 vaccine in another state, you may reach out to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) Help Desk to have your record updated. You will need to provide some personal information as well as proof of vaccination for CIIS to make this update on your behalf. 

 

Can I remain anonymous if I win?

No. In order to be eligible to win, you must agree to the release of your identity to the public. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage everyone to get vaccinated 

 

If I had more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, do I have more than one chance to win? 

No. The number of vaccine doses you have received will not impact your chances of winning. 

 

If I had only one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, can I win? 

Yes. You are eligible to win, as long as your records are contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System.

 

Can I win more than once?

No. Each person is only eligible to win once.

 

Can I decline the prize if my number is drawn?

Yes. You may decline the prize when you are contacted by CDPHE and an alternate winner will be selected.

 

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?

Yes. All applicable state and federal taxes must be paid.

 

Who is eligible to win?

You are eligible to win if you:

  1. Are a living resident of the State of Colorado. 
  2. Are at least 18 years of age. 
  3. Are not an administrator of the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), a Colorado Lottery employee conducting the drawing, an auditor certifying the drawing, the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of the State of Colorado or the Senior Director of the Colorado Lottery. 
  4. Received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or  Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccines and your information is contained in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), the VA immunization records database, or the DoD immunization records database, where applicable, by 11:59:59 pm MDT the night before the drawing.
  5. Have not already won.
  6. Have signed and submitted all required documentation and releases as part of the claims process by the required deadlines.

 

Comeback Cash Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Comeback Cash Scholarship?

The Comeback Cash Scholarship is a new public health initiative in Colorado intended to promote and incentivize COVID-19 vaccination in students age 12 through 17 and to lower the costs of postsecondary education. It consists of weekly drawings that eligible Colorado residents will automatically be entered into if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, subject to eligibility rules. Five eligible Coloradans will be randomly selected to win a $50,000 scholarship each week for five weeks.

 

How will I receive the scholarship money?

The Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship is intended for individuals age 12 through 17 for postsecondary education. The funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the student to use when they pursue postsecondary education, including higher and technical education or credential programs. The funds can be left in the account for future educational use. More information about CollegeInvest can be found on their website.

 

How old do you have to be to be eligible?

You must be at least 12 years of age and under 18 years of age to be eligible for the scholarship drawing.

 

Who is eligible to win?

You are eligible to win the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship if you:

  1. Are a living resident of the State of Colorado.
  2. Are at least 12 years old and younger than 18 years old. 
  3. Your parent is not: an administrator of the Colorado Immunization Information System, a Colorado Lottery employee conducting the drawing, an auditor certifying the drawing, the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of the State of Colorado or the Senior Director of the Colorado Lottery. 
  4. Have received at least your first dose of the  COVID-19 vaccine, and your information has been received and accepted as valid by the the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), the VA immunization records database, or the DoD immunization records database, where applicable, by 11:59:59 p.m. MDT the night before the drawing.
  5. Have not already won.
  6. Have signed and submitted all required documentation and releases as part of the claims process by the required deadlines, including parental/guardian consent form.

 

What if I win a scholarship but decide not to go to college?

The Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing is intended to both incentivize the COVID-19 vaccine, and to decrease costs associated with postsecondary education. Funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the winner, and can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, certain room and board expenses, computers and equipment, and internet access. Funds can be used for a range of postsecondary options including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, graduate and post-graduate programs, and vocational and trade schools. Funds can also be transfered to be used for eligible expenses by a family member. This allows you a great deal of flexibility to use your winnings to fund a range of educational pathways. 

 

I, or my child, just got a phone call telling me I’d won the drawing for a scholarship. How can I be sure it’s real?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will contact winners via email or phone. If you receive a phone call claiming you have won the drawing, you may call one of these numbers back to make sure the call is legitimate. CDPHE will never ask you for any personally identifying information over the phone or via email or text. If you receive a phone call asking for your personal information in relation to the drawing, it may be a scam. You should report scams related to the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.