Gov. Newsom is flanked by the iconic California lottery prize wheel June 4 in Sacramento. Image via Governor's YouTube feed.
Written by Gabriel Dillard
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday held the first drawing for vaccinated Californians to win cash prizes.
Ten $50,000 cash prizes were on offer as Newsom presided over the drawing at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.
There were 15 numbers drawn today representing Californians who have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination — a pool consisting of 21.5 million eligible people, Newsom said. The winners will be notified by the California Department of Public Health in the coming hours or days.
While names weren’t revealed — and will only be released on approval of the winner —the home counties of the winners were disclosed.
The closest county to the Central Valley to have a winner was San Luis Obispo. With the exception of a winner in Mendocino County, the remaining winners hailed from the state’s most populous counties, including Los Angeles (three), Santa Clara (three), Alameda (one), San Diego (three), San Francisco (two) and one from Orange County.
Another drawing for 15 $50,000 prizes will be held next Friday. On June 15, ten vaccinated Californians will have the chance to win the largest cash prize of $1.5 million.
The Covid-19 vaccination incentive program — called Vax for the Win — has a total of $116.5 million in cash prizes.
More than 51% of residents age 12 and older were fully vaccinated as of this week. About 70% of Californians have received at least one dose.