Another San Diegan wins $50K as Newsom visits for vaccine lotto drawing

SAN DIEGO — In the second drawing for California’s “Vax for the Win” lottery, another San Diego County resident won big, securing $50,000 for getting their COVID-19 shot.

Friday’s Southern California winners — who will be contacted soon — included three from Los Angeles County, and one each in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties.

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited San Diego for the drawing, taking the chance to introduce a 17-year-old Vista resident who was among the three winners drawn from the region at last week’s event.

The state is giving out $50,000 to a total of 30 Californians who were automatically submitted if they have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine.

The lottery was split up into two Fridays, with 15 residents who were already notified of their wins last week and the second half just drawn in San Diego.

It’s a public drawing, but everyone is given an anonymous number. State health officials then contact each winner privately using the information they provided to get their shot, and they can choose whether to reveal themselves.

Then on California’s big June 15 reopening, ten additional residents will get a major prize: $1.5 million each.

You only need at least one dose of the vaccine to be entered, but the prize money is only paid after the person is considered fully vaccinated – which means it’s been two weeks since the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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If you got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’re fully vaccinated after two weeks has passed.

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