California Launches $116 Million Lottery for Vaccinated Residents

BREAKING NEWS 10 vaccinated Californians will win $1.5 million Full Story

"This program is created to encourage those who need extra support to get vaccinated and help keep California safe", Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, director of the state's department of public health, said in a statement.

Ten Californians who become inoculated before that date stand to win lottery-style prizes of $1.5 million United States apiece, while another 30 people will each win $50,000.

"These are real incentives", Newsom said during a press briefing Thursday announcing the program.

The incentive is to get people who are hesitant a push to get vaccinated. Californians with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine who are 12 years of age and older will be eligible to win. The prize will be awarded once the victor has completed their vaccination series.

Beginning on May 27, the next two million people who begin and complete their COVID-19 vaccination will automatically be eligible to receive a $50 prepaid or grocery card. Newsom said he hopes for the state to fully distribute those winnings by June 15. "What about you? Two weeks ago, two months ago, took the time away from work, waited in a long line, maybe drove 50 miles into another county and got vaccinated, and gave us the momentum that put us in the position that we are today". And in the last week, the number of residents receiving their first dose of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has plunged, Newsom said.

Still an estimated 12 million Californians who are eligible still haven't received a single shot.

"We've got to get those first-dose numbers up", Newsom said at a press conference in Los Angeles.

California will offer $116.5 million USA in cash and gift cards to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations before June 15, the latest - and most lucrative - incentive by U.S. states desperate to persuade laggards and vaccine skeptics to get the injection. "We've got to finish the job". California joins a growing number of areas rolling out incentives - from money to Girl Scout cookies - to coax reluctant residents into getting shots.

Starting this week, New Yorkers can get a free lottery ticket potentially worth up to $5 million if they get vaccinated at state-run vaccination sites.



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