(ETH) – As California eyes a June 15 date to lift most of its COVID-19 restrictions, the state announced Thursday that it is offering cash and other incentives for residents to get vaccinated. Up to $116.5 million in total prizes will be up for grabs under the “Vax For The Win” vaccine incentive program, making it the biggest in the country, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“We’re putting aside more resources than any other state in America and we’re making available the largest prizes of any state in America for those that seek to get vaccinated,” he said at a news conference in East Los Angeles.
Ten vaccinated people will be chosen to win a grand prize of $1.5 million apiece during a drawing on June 15. To be eligible, Californians have to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning it’s open to everyone 12 years old and up.
Additionally, 30 winners will be selected for $50,000 prizes over two Fridays — 15 on June 4 and 15 on June 11. California residents who have received at least one dose don’t need to register as they will be entered into the drawing automatically, according to the state’s website. READ MORE