Then, on June 15, the day the state is scheduled to fully reopen, there will be a third drawing in which 10 people will be selected to each receive $1.5 million.
Californians who have already received the vaccine will automatically be entered to win cash prizes.
On Wednesday, Ohio, which popularized the idea, announced the first victor of its much-anticipated "Vaxx-a-Million" sweepstakes, which ultimately will award $1 million each to five residents who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Also, he warned, "Don't go back and get vaccinated again".
Following the lead of states including New York, Oregon and OH, the Golden State State is the latest to implement an incentive system to boost vaccinations and ensure a safe reopening, which is scheduled for June 15. The remaining $16.5 million is up for grabs to all Californians who have received at least one dose, with 10 winners receiving $1.5 million each. The announcement of those winners will be evenly split across June 4 and June 11.
A $50,000 cash prize will also be awarded to 30 residents.
If the individual selected is under the age of 18, the money will be deposited into a savings account in their name that will be locked up until they turn 18. Nearly 63% of Californians aged 12 and older have received a vaccine dose, and case rates are now the lowest in the nation, Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday.
Beginning Thursday, the first two million Californians to become vaccinated will each win $50 gift cards for cash or groceries, the state said.
Winners must complete their vaccination in order to claim their prize. "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 what we're seeing in the last week is a first dose drop-off, still steady on the second dose", he said.
"We've got to get those first-dose numbers up", Newsom said at a press conference in Los Angeles. "We've got to finish the job". Public health officials in IN and NY state have handed out Girl Scout cookies at vaccination sites.
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