10 California residents get $1.5M richer via vaccine jackpot

10 California residents get .5M richer via vaccine jackpot

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The highly anticipated day of California’s reopening – June 15 – also came with a lot of money as 10 vaccinated winners were selected to receive $1.5 million each.

The state’s Vax for the Win program, a lottery for all vaccinated residents, held its final drawing at Universal Studios in Hollywood Tuesday after already doling out $50,000 each to 30 Californians over the past couple of weeks.

Just one new millionaire came from the Bay Area – a resident of Marin County. However, the Bay Area had a total of 11 winners who each got the $50,000 prize.

Today’s $1.5 million winners live in the following counties:

  • Los Angeles
  • Marin
  • Riverside
  • Santa Barbara
  • Sacramento
  • Stanislaus
  • Ventura

Anyone who has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was eligible to win. The money is gifted once the winner has become fully vaccinated, however. For Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine recipients, that means they got their second dose.

The California Department of Public Health will start notifying winners within hours of the drawing and over the next several days by phone, text, email, or other contact information associated with the winner’s record in the state’s vaccine registry.


All winners will have the option to accept their cash prize while remaining anonymous, or decline it altogether.

A smaller incentive is still coming in July for vaccinated Californians: A ‘dream vacation.’

Six residents are eligible to get $2,000 for a trip to an in-state destination.

The six trip packages include: 

  • Discover the Best of Anaheim package for four
  • Greater Palm Spring Luxury package for two
  • Premium Los Angeles Experience for four
  • San Diego Beach Dream Vacation for four
  • San Diego Downtown Dream Vacation for four
  • San Francisco “Our Gate Is Open” Welcome Package for four

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