California Introduces Its Own Covid Vaccine Lottery

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Thursday introduced a $116.5 million giveaway to residents who obtain a coronavirus vaccination, the newest and largest such effort amongst U.S. states searching for to encourage individuals to get a shot.

Under California’s incentive program, known as Vax for the Win, 10 Californians who’ve had at the least one dose of a vaccine will obtain $1.5 million every. In addition, 30 individuals will likely be awarded $50,000 every, and two million individuals will obtain $50 present playing cards.

“Getting every eligible Californian vaccinated is how we bring our state roaring back from this pandemic,” Mr. Newsom mentioned.

Fifty-six p.c of California’s inhabitants has acquired at the least one dose of a vaccine, and 42 p.c has been totally vaccinated. Both percentages are above the nationwide common, in keeping with knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California’s transfer comes after Ohio awarded the primary $1 million lottery prize in its personal vaccine incentive program this week, to Abbigail Bugenske, a 22-year-old from Cincinnati.

“I would encourage anyone to get the vaccine,” Ms. Bugenske mentioned. “If winning a million dollars isn’t incentive enough, I don’t really know what would be.”

Among different states providing large prizes to those that have been vaccinated, Colorado introduced its personal $1 million lottery this week, and Oregon is providing a $1 million jackpot, along with $10,000 prizes.