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California Vaccine Lottery winners on June 4 - How to find out if you won

The first 15 winners in California's vaccine lottery were chosen on Friday, 4 June, each of whom will receive a cash prize of $50,000.

California Vaccine Lottery winners on June 4 - How to check if you won
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California is one of several states that has launched a vaccine lottery aimed at incentivizing more people to get vaccinated.

The Golden State is offering 10 grand prizes of $1.5 million to Californians who have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as part of its "Vax for the Win" vaccine incentive program. The winners will be announced on June 15, coinciding with the landmark reopening of the Californian economy.

There are also 30 prizes worth $50,000 up for grabs for those eligible. Half of the $50,000 prize winners were selected on Friday, 4 June, with the remaining 15 to be announced on Friday 11 June. In addition, the first two million Californians to "start and complete their COVID-19 vaccination" will receive a $50 virtual gift card eligible at various outlets including Safeway, Ralph's and Alberton's.

It is not necessary to sign up to be in with a chance to win, all California residents who have at least one vaccine dose are automatically entered into the lottery.

California vaccine lottery: 4 June winners

The first fifteen winners of the $50,000 cash prizes were selected at random by Governor Gavin Newsom at 10am on Friday morning, 4 June. Due to privacy rules, the winners will not be made public unless they give permission for their names to be published. The only information known about the 15 June 4 winners is their counties of residence, which are:

  • Alameda County
  • Los Angeles County (3 winners)
  • Mendocino County
  • Orange County
  • San Diego County (3 winners)
  • San Francisco County (2 winners)
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Clara County (3 winners)

How winners will find out if they won

Winners will be contacted via telephone. If that doesn’t work, officials will make repeated efforts to contact winners via phone, text, email or any other method available through the state’s vaccine registry. If the winner fails to respond within 96 hours, they may no longer be eligible for the prize and another person may be selected.

If a winner is only partially vaccinated, they'll receive their prize after getting their second dose. Winners also have the right to refuse their winnings, and if they do so, the state will draw an alternative person for the prize.