SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Another 15 Californians have won $50,000 for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 – including one person in Sacramento County.
The prize is part of the state’s “Vax For The Win” effort to try and get more people to get the vaccine.READ MORE: Newsom Declares State Of Emergency, Grid Operator Urges Power Conservation For Second Day Amid High Heat
Last week, 15 other people were picked to win $50,000 prizes.
Friday’s winners included people in the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, three people in Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, and two people in Santa Clara.
People who win the money can choose to stay anonymous, but a winner named Tony was named in a video promoting the effort. He says he thought it was a joke at first.
Meet Tony, one of the $50k #VaxFTW winners who still can’t believe he won! 🏆
More $50k winners will be picked on 6/11. 💥
$1.5 MILLION winners will be picked on 6/15 as CA fully reopens. 💥READ MORE: More Tree Limbs Drop In Summer — And Drought Isn’t Helping, Experts Say
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) June 10, 2021
“It’s been a rough year for me and everyone else. It’s nice to have this extra money coming in,” he said.
The state was unable to get a hold of two winners from last week, so a new winner in Sacramento County and another in Monterey County were selected.
Come June 15, the day California is set to fully reopen its economy, the grand prize of the “Vax For The Win” effort will be announced. A total of 10 people who are fully vaccinated will get $1.5 million each.
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Kaiser Permanente recently announced that anyone it vaccinates by July 9 will be entered in its ImmUNITY sweepstakes. Prizes include trips to theme parks and national parks, wellness retreats, healthy meal delivery, fitness equipment, and gym memberships.