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Governor Gavin Newsom announces first 15 winners in California's vaccine lottery

Ed Walsh

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San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center vaccination site, two of the vaccine winners received their shots in San FranciscoEd Walsh

Two of the first 15 winners of California's vaccine lottery are from San Francisco and nearly half are from the San Francisco Bay Area. A total of $750,000 awarded in first round of cash prize drawings on Friday. More than 21 million Californians were entered to win

Friday's randomized drawing is part of California’s new $116.5 million Vax for the Win program – which the state boasts is the largest vaccine incentive program in the nation – which includes $50 incentive cards to newly vaccinated residents and cash prize drawings for all who have received at least one dose.

"California has made incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19, with the lowest case rates in the entire country and millions more vaccines administered than any other state. But we aren't stopping there, we're doing everything it takes to get Californians vaccinated as we approach June 15 to help us safely reopen and bring the state roaring back,” said Governor Newsom.

“We are making another push to get more Californians vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With more than 70 percent of adults having already received at least one dose, the Vax for the Win program is the creative approach we need to make that final push for those who remain unvaccinated.”

The state reports that than 21 million Californians aged 12+ are at least partially vaccinated and automatically entered to win in the cash prize drawings. The second $50,000 vaccine lottery drawing will take place next Friday, June 11, when an additional 15 Californians will be selected. On June 15, when California safely reopens, a total of 10 vaccine lottery winners will be selected to receive $1.5 million each – adding up to a total of $15 million in cash prizes. Beyond that, the 2 million newly-vaccinated Californians who get their dose since Vax for the Win launched will be eligible to receive $50 prepaid and grocery cards.

Winners from today’s drawing live throughout the state in the following counties: Mendocino, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange, San Luis Obispo. How will you know if you have won? The state says winners will start being notified directly by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) within hours of the drawing and over the next four days by telephone, text, email or other contact information associated with the person’s record in the state’s vaccine registry. To protect the privacy of the California Vax lottery winners, all winners will have the option to accept their cash prize while remaining anonymous or decline it altogether.

The official rules state that winners must complete their vaccination in order to claim their prize. If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18. For more information about Vax for the Win, please the state has set up this site https://covid19.ca.gov/vax-for-the-win.

Of the 15 vaccine lottery winners picked on Friday, two had received their vaccines in San Francisco and seven of the 15 received their vaccines in other counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two of the first 15 winners of Calfornia's vaccine lottery are from San Francisco and nearly half are from the San Francisco Bay Area. A total of $750,000 awarded in first round of cash prize drawings on Friday. More than 21 million Californians were entered to win

Friday's randomized drawing is part of California’s new $116.5 million Vax for the Win program – which the state boasts is the largest vaccine incentive program in the nation – which includes $50 incentive cards to newly vaccinated residents and cash prize drawings for all who have received at least one dose.

"California has made incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19, with the lowest case rates in the entire country and millions more vaccines administered than any other state. But we aren't stopping there, we're doing everything it takes to get Californians vaccinated as we approach June 15 to help us safely reopen and bring the state roaring back,” said Governor Newsom.

“We are making another push to get more Californians vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With more than 70 percent of adults having already received at least one dose, the Vax for the Win program is the creative approach we need to make that final push for those who remain unvaccinated.”

The state reports that than 21 million Californians aged 12+ are at least partially vaccinated and automatically entered to win in the cash prize drawings. The second $50,000 vaccine lottery drawing will take place next Friday, June 11, when an additional 15 Californians will be selected. On June 15, when California safely reopens, a total of 10 vaccine lottery winners will be selected to receive $1.5 million each – adding up to a total of $15 million in cash prizes. Beyond that, the 2 million newly-vaccinated Californians who get their dose since Vax for the Win launched will be eligible to receive $50 prepaid and grocery cards.

Winners from today’s drawing live throughout the state in the following counties: Mendocino, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange, San Luis Obispo. How will you know if you have won? The state says winners will start being notified directly by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) within hours of the drawing and over the next four days by telephone, text, email or other contact information associated with the person’s record in the state’s vaccine registry. To protect the privacy of the California Vax lottery winners, all winners will have the option to accept their cash prize while remaining anonymous or decline it altogether.

The official rules state that winners must complete their vaccination in order to claim their prize. If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18. For more information about Vax for the Win, please the state has set up this site https://covid19.ca.gov/vax-for-the-win.

Of the 15 vaccine lottery winners picked on Friday, two had received their vaccines in San Francisco and seven of the 15 received their vaccines in other counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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