How to enter the California vaccine lottery: Eligibility information and prizes

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Friday, June 4, 2021
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LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced cash incentives to push more Californians to get the COVID-19 vaccine and reward those who are already vaccinated.

Here's what you need to know about how to enter the California COVID-19 vaccine lottery, "Vax for the Win," including prizes and eligibility.

Vax for the Win program

The first "Vax for the Win" drawing is set for Friday, when 15 people will be awarded $50,000. Another $50,000 will be handed out to 15 more people June 11.

The big prize will be announced June 15 when 10 people will each walk away with $1.5 million.

The state also awarded the first 2 million people to be vaccinated since May 27 with $50 grocery cards.

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California announced the details of its full June 15 reopening plan Friday. The state is removing all capacity limits and physical distancing requirements, regardless of the business or setting.

Who is eligible?

You will be automatically entered into all the drawings if you live in California, are aged 12 and older and if you have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. State officials say immigration status does not affect eligibility.

Winners will be notified by the California Department of Public Health, and their names will not be made public during the drawings. Winners will have the chance to either decline the prize, or not have their name publicity associated with the winnings.

Incarcerated people and those living outside of California are not eligible.

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