Local resident among 2nd group of $50K vaccine prize winners

California

(KTXL) — Fifteen more Californians, including one from Sacramento County, were chosen Friday to win $50,000 as part of the state’s multimillion-dollar vaccine incentive program.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was in San Diego as Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman and Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson the Lion drew the winning numbers for the “Vax for the Win” program at the California State Lottery Corporate Headquarters in Sacramento.

The vaccinated Sacramento County resident will get a chance to accept $50,000 when they are contacted by the California Department of Public Health.

Fourteen additional winners from 11 other California counties will also be contacted. Winners drawn Friday — should they accept the prize money — come from the counties of Monterey, Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Riverside, Orange and Kern.

The majority of winners from last week’s drawings came from more populated counties, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara.

This week, 21.98 million people were eligible for the drawing.

In San Diego, Newsom was joined by 17-year-old June 4 winner Nancy Gutierrez. According to the CDPH, since she is still a minor, “the prize funds will be invested in a savings instrument,” which she can access once she is 18. 

“I think most of us want life to go, like, back to normal and getting the vaccine would definitely help that. So I feel like I would encourage everyone to get the vaccine,” she told Newsom when asked what she would tell people who are hesitant to get vaccinated.

Coming up next Tuesday, June 15, the state will award 10 people $1.5 million each. To be eligible to win, you just have to live in California, be at least 12 years old and have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Winners have 96 hours to claim their prize before an alternate winner is chosen. A Sacramento County resident became one of those alternates after two Californians forfeited the money. The state is still attempting to contact them.

Also on June 15, Taco Bell will be giving out free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos to those who show their vaccination card. Chipotle will also be giving out free queso blanco with the purchase of any regular menu item.

Later Friday, Gov. Newsom will sign two executive orders to rescind regulations created amid the pandemic, which include occupancy restrictions. The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy will also be canceled. 

“That blueprint will no longer exist next Tuesday, pursuant to these two executive orders, one winding things down, another listing and rescinding that blueprint, which has been in effect just over 40 weeks here in the state of California,” the governor said.

California’s top public health official, Dr. Mark Ghaly, will also speak at a press conference Friday on the state’s June 15 reopening.

“Dozens and dozens of executive orders, hundreds, quite literally hundreds, of provisions will begin to wind down in an orderly manner over the course of the next days, weeks and months,” Newsom said of Dr. Ghaly’s upcoming discussion with reporters.

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