Shot lottery

State offers cash prizes to boost vaccine numbers

In an effort to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the state of California is offering big cash prizes and $50 vouchers.

The $116.5 million “Vax for the Win” campaign was announced May 27. On June 15—the day the state will remove most COVID-related restrictions—10 randomly selected people who’ve received a vaccine shot will win $1.5 million each. Additionally, 30 people will win $50,000 prizes (15 each on June 4 and June 11).

Furthermore, the first two million people vaccinated after May 27 will get $50 online spending cards or grocery vouchers.

Winners must be at least 12 years old, live in California, not be incarcerated and have at least one vaccine shot; prizes will be awarded after winners finish their vaccine series. Visit or to book a vaccination appointment.

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