Old Golden Ticket Vaccination Drawing

Get vaccinated enter to win at $9,992

Ten winners have been selected! Read the full announcement of winners.

Vaccinated Boilermakers should still submit proof of vaccination here.

(Looking for information on the employee vaccine incentive drawing?)


For 10 Boilermakers, COVID-19 vaccination will be the golden ticket to winning $9,992 — the equivalent of a year’s undergraduate tuition cost for an in-state Boilermaker since 2013 — minus the hunt for chocolate bars.

Ten students who submit valid proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 15 will be randomly selected and announced by July 29.

The drawing is open to current and admitted students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester on the West Lafayette campus. All undergraduate, graduate student and professional degree-seeking students, regardless of residency, are eligible to enter and win. Read the full Terms and Conditions below.

How to Enter

  1. Get vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • IMPORTANT DATES:
      • To be eligible, you must receive both doses of the two-dose vaccines, or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine, by July 15.
      • To make sure you get your second dose on time, the first dose of a vaccine series administered 28 days apart (e.g., Moderna) must be administered absolutely no later than June 17, or the first dose of a vaccine series administered 21 days apart (e.g., Pfizer) must be administered absolutely no later than June 24 so that you have time to receive the second dose on/before July 15. The Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine can be administered as late as July 15.
  2. Submit valid documentation of your vaccination by July 15.
  3. Wait patiently until July 29 to see if you win!

Golden Ticket Drawing FAQs

This drawing is open to Purdue West Lafayette students only. You are eligible to participate in the Purdue Old Golden Ticket vaccination drawing if:

  • You are a current or admitted Purdue undergraduate, graduate or professional degree-seeking student (including domestic and international students) who will be enrolled at the West Lafayette campus for the fall 2021 semester.
  • You have submitted valid documentation to the University that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 15 at 11:59:59 p.m. (ET).

Students not affiliated with the West Lafayette campus, not taking courses this fall, or those who choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible to participate.

Full terms and conditions are below.

To participate in the drawing, eligible students must submit valid proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) July 15.

Purdue will randomly select 10 winners from the pool of all eligible submissions received by 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) July 15.

The 10 winners will be notified and announced on the Protect Purdue website by July 29.

Winners will receive payment approximately six weeks after being notified of their selection.

Students who have already uploaded their vaccine documentation via Qualtrics will be automatically entered in the drawing and do not have to complete this step again.

Purdue recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time.

Platform Vaccine name Manufacturer
mRNA BNT162b2/Tozinameran/COMIRNATY® Pfizer-BioNTech
mRNA mRNA-1273 Moderna
Ad26 Ad26.COV2.S Johnson&Johnson
ChAdOx1 Azd1222 AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
ChAdOx1 Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant Sinopharm Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant CoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc) Sinovac Biotech
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant COVAXIN Bharat Biotech

Yes, you must receive the full vaccination protocol — both doses of a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson&Johnson.

You may enter as soon as you have received the full vaccination protocol — both doses of a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson&Johnson.

The vaccination against COVID-19 is the surest, safest and quickest way to significantly reduce the risk of exposure and serious illness. In addition, the vaccination is another significant step toward the return to a greater sense of normalcy for the Purdue community. On a campus of 50,000 people, 95% efficacy still translates to 2,500 individuals being vulnerable to the disease.

The drawing, which is equivalent to a year of in-state tuition for those who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccination, is a fun and financially rewarding incentive that encourages all existing and incoming Boilermaker students to take this important public health step as an expression of the Protect Purdue Pledge to protect themselves, others and the entire Purdue community.

Purdue’s campus COVID-19 vaccine distribution site, located on the northwest side of the Co-Rec, is open to help vaccinate as many Boilermakers as possible. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The vaccine administered at the campus site is Pfizer and is free for Purdue students. More information about the Purdue vaccine clinic, instructions to schedule an appointment and additional details are available here.

Individuals can also be vaccinated in Indiana at any of the more 1,000 vaccine clinics across the state. Visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/ or call 211 (or 866-211-9966) for more information or to schedule an appointment. You also can schedule an appointment with a federal partner site, such as Meijer and Kroger. There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

For out-of-state Purdue students living in the U.S., go to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine and enter your zip code, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Winners will be responsible for any federal, state and local taxes associated with the drawing. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued by Purdue University to each applicable winner. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Before accepting the prize, validated and verified Official Winners should consult with their own tax advisors to understand the potential tax impact to them of accepting and receiving the prize.

Eligible Purdue Students can only submit one (1) entry into the drawing. Prior to the drawing being held, the entry list will be reviewed, and all duplicate entries removed.

Yes, employees enrolled as residential degree-seeking students at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus for the fall 2021 semester are eligible, with the exception of any employee in the Executive job classification. See the full contest terms and conditions below for complete eligibility details. 

Yes, as long as they meet all eligibility criteria, children/dependents/spouses of Purdue employees are eligible to win — with the exception of children/dependents/spouses/other household members of Purdue employees in the Executive job classification. See the full contest terms and conditions below for complete eligibility details.

Official Rules

Purdue Old Golden Ticket
May 27, 2021

Binding Agreement. Your participation in thePurdue Old Golden Ticket drawing (the “Promotion“) is entirely voluntary.  However, if you elect to participate, you agree that submission of an entry in the Promotion constitutes agreement to these rules (the “Official Rules“).

Sponsor. The Promotion is sponsored by Purdue University, a state educational institution located at 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Promotional Period.  Only Eligible Purdue Students (as defined below) may enter the Promotion and be eligible to win a prize.  Eligible Purdue Students must submit their vaccine documentation before July 15, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT (the “Promotional Period”).

Submission of Documentation. Entry must be completed through https://protect.purdue.edu/vaccine-information/golden-ticket-drawing/ (the “Submission Portal”) by July 15, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT to participate in the Promotion. All information submitted online by entrants is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, the Submission Portal’s Privacy Notice, which is currently accessible at: https://www.purdue.edu/purdue/about/privacy-notice.php.

One entry per person. Eligible Purdue Students can only submit one (1) entry into the drawing.  Prior to the drawing being held, the entry list will be reviewed, and all duplicate entries removed.

Date of Drawing. The drawings will be conducted by Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Announcement of Winners. The ten winners will be announced and posted to protect.purdue.edu website after the announcement.

Promotion Prizes.  The Purdue Old Golden Ticket Drawing:

  • Eligible Purdue Students
  • Ten (10) drawings total 
  • $9,992 per drawing (equal to annual in-state tuition)

Eligible Purdue Students. You are an “Eligible Purdue Student” if you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are admitted and enrolled as a degree-seeking residential student at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus for the fall 2021 academic semester (whether as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student).
  2. You are not currently on a disciplinary sanction of “Probated Suspension” or “Disciplinary Probation” under the University’s student conduct regulations.
  3. You satisfy either of the following:
    1. You have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or one dose (if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or the required dose(s) of another FDA, EU, or WHO-approved vaccine (a full list of approved vaccines is located here) and have submitted your vaccine documentation to the Submission Portal during the Promotional Period; or
    2. You can provide: (I) documented proof of a physician’s directive that you should not receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines because you are contra-indicated due to a known history of severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any of the vaccines’ components, and (II) your own sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that you have such a history.  

Certain Relationships Ineligible.  Purdue employees in the Executive job classification (an “Executive“), members of the Executive’s immediate families (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where they live), and members of the households (whether related or not) of such Executives are ineligible to participate in this Promotion.

Validation and Verification.  All apparent winner information and eligibility will be reviewed prior to the declaration of an official winner in the Promotion (each, an “Official Winner“).  Apparent winners’ information will be validated and verified by Purdue University officials.

In the event that an entry is deemed invalid, a discrepancy is found, or an apparent winner cannot be located based upon the contact information submitted, an alternate shall be used in place of the ineligible or un-locatable winner.

In the event that the winner does not wish to receive a prize, refuses or fails to provide a release and verification information in a form acceptable to Purdue University (the “Release and Verification“), or does not promptly respond to the initial contact by Purdue University officials, that winner may be deemed ineligible and an alternate may be used. If it is determined that an alternate will be used, the winner who was deemed invalid will forfeit any prizes associated with the Promotion.

The promptness and degree of reasonableness of efforts to locate a winner or of any decision to deem a winner ineligible based upon these Official Rules shall be at the sole discretion of Purdue University.

Alternates will be used in the order in which they were selected (i.e., alternate one (1) will be used first, alternate two (2) will be used second, and so on) as vacated spots become available.

Any information registered for or by a minor child or an adult under a guardianship must be validated by a parent or legal guardian prior to award of a prize.

Verification of all information must be presented to claim any prize.

Internet Conduct and Limitations of Liability.  Any attempt by a user, participant or any other individual to deliberately damage the Submission Portal or other components of the Promotion website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Promotion, is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Purdue University reserves the right to seek the prosecution of and/or damages from any such person or persons as permitted by law. Furthermore, such person may be excluded from the Promotion.

Neither Purdue University nor any of its trustees, officers, employees,  affiliates, subsidiaries, contractors, assignees or agents are responsible for late, or incomplete or misdirected entries, or responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Submission Portal or other components of the Promotion website, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Promotion.

Neither Purdue University nor any of its trustees, officers, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, contractors, assignees or agents are responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Promotion, which may include, without limitation, inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet, the Submission Portal or other components of the Promotion website or any combination thereof; theft or destruction or unauthorized access of the Submission Portal or other components of the Promotion website; any injury or damage to the participants or to any other person’s computer(s) or smartphone related to or resulting from participating in this Promotion, or downloading materials from or use of the Submission Portal or other components of the Promotion website.

Random Drawing and Results. The winners of the drawing will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received.

Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the apparent winners drawn and verified will be declared the Official Winners of the Promotion.

General Terms and Conditions. All prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Purdue University. Purdue students who do not meet the eligibility requirements defined in these Official Rules are not eligible to win.

Official Winners will be responsible for any taxes associated with this prize. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the applicable drawing winners. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued by Purdue University to each applicable winner. All federal, state and local laws, applicable taxes, and regulations apply.  Before accepting the prize, validated and verified Official Winners should consult with their own tax advisors to understand the potential tax impact to them of accepting and receiving the prize.   

Acceptance of a prize constitutes express permission for the Purdue University and its agencies as set forth in the Release and Verification, to use the prize winner’s name and/or likeness worldwide, in perpetuity, for purposes of advertising and promotion without further compensation, notification or permission unless prohibited by law, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised. Further, by accepting a prize, each prize winner agrees to hold Purdue University, including any of its trustees, officers, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, contractors, assignees and agents, absolutely harmless against any and all claims and/or liability arising out of the acceptance, receipt and/or use of a prize. Each prize winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in the Promotion or acceptance, receipt and/or use of any prize. Purdue University makes no warranty, guarantee or representation of any kind concerning any prize (or any portion thereof) and disclaims any implied warranty. By participating in the Promotion, all entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.

All materials submitted become the property of Purdue University and will not be returned. Prizes are nontransferable to any other person, including relatives or friends, and Official Winners are encouraged to use prizes to cover educational expenses. Fulfillment of the prize will occur approximately six (6) weeks after the announcement date.

Purdue University, at its discretion, reserves the right to select and/or change the prize(s) to be awarded as part of this Promotion or end the Promotion prior to all prize winners being drawn. 

All participants in the Promotion recognize and agree that Purdue University is not charging a price, raising funds, or receiving any consideration from participants in the Promotion.  The Promotion simply entails the offer to Eligible Purdue Students of a chance for a prize.