SACRAMENTO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday announced a $116.5 million vaccine incentive program hoping to motivate Californians to receive the COVID-19 inoculation.
The program promises $100 million in $50 prepaid or grocery cards for the next 2 million newly vaccinated people and $16.5 million in cash prizes for all vaccinated Californians.
Beginning today, the next two million people to begin and complete the vaccination process will be eligible to receive a $50 prepaid or grocery card.
CA is launching a $116.5 MILLION GIVEAWAY for vaccinated Californians!
$15 MILLION in cash prizes for 10 winners selected 6/15
$50k for winners on 6/4 & 6/11
Already vaccinated? You’re entered.
Not vaccinated? Next 2 million that get fully vaccinated can ALSO get a $50 card.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 27, 2021
According to the state, Californians who have previously been vaccinated with at least one dose are already entered for cash prizes, specifically $1.5 million cash prizes for 10 winners. Those winners will be selected on June 15.
Additionally, 15 people vaccinated with at least one dose will be selected to win $50,000 each on June 4, and June 11, for a total of 30 winners, according to state officials.
“We’re doing everything it takes to get Californians vaccinated as we approach June 15 to
help us fully reopen safely, ” said Governor Newsom.