By Ben Christopher
CalMatters 

Vax for cash: Newsom offers big bucks for Californians who get their shots

 

Last updated 6/2/2021 at 6:07pm

Jeff Tavaglione

Village News/Shane Gibson Photo

Jeff Tavaglione receives his first of two COVID-19 vaccinations at a drive-thru clinic at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Gov. Gavin Newsom is offering another reason to get the jab: cold, hard cash.

For Californians who are insufficiently compelled by civic duty and self-preservation to get vaccinated, Gov. Gavin Newsom is offering another reason to get the jab: cold, hard cash.

Newsom announced a $116.5 million "Vax for the Win" program, the largest inoculation lottery program in the country, Thursday, May 27. The money will be split among dozens of lucky Californians: $1.5 million to each of 10 "grand cash prize" winners who will be picked by random draw on June 15, and $50,000 each to 30 "Fridays for 30" winners to be selected by random draw on June 4 and June 11.

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