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California vaccine lottery: Another 15 winners of $50,000 prizes drawn to be drawn Friday


California will holding its second “Vax for the Win” drawing today. Another 15 people will win $50,000 each.

Watch the drawing live in the media player above at 10 a.m.

This morning, we are hearing from one man who won last week.

“I got the call last Friday. At first, I thought it was a joke, so I ignored it,” said Tony.

So heed the warning and be sure to answer your phone.

RELATED: How to enter the California vaccine lottery: Eligibility information and prizes

State officials say two of the 15 winners last week missed their chance because they didn’t respond to several attempts to reach them. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the money will now go to alternate winners.

Anyone who has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is eligible. If a winner is only partially vaccinated, they’ll receive their winnings after getting their second dose.

If anyone refuses their winnings — which they have the right to do — the state will draw from a group of backup numbers.

RELATED: First 15 winners of $50,000 California vaccine lottery prizes drawn

It’s all leading up to California’s economic reopening on June 15, where another $1.5 million will be awarded to ten lucky Californians who’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The incentive program’s website clearly states to be eligible, you must get vaccinated at any site in California that reports to CAIR. There were concerns that some active-duty military members and veterans wouldn’t be on the state’s list to potentially win money for getting the vaccine because VA Hospitals do not report to CAIR.

RELATED: Newsom unveils $116.5M COVID vaccine incentive plan ahead of state’s June 15 reopening

The “Vax for the Win” program is also giving out $50 prepaid or grocery cards for 2 million newly vaccinated people ahead of the state’s reopening.

The cards are available to state residents who are 12 years old or older and can be spent at any Albertsons or Kroger-operated grocery store. A $50 Mastercard option, which can be spent anywhere, is also available.

RELATED: California to remove all capacity limits, physical distancing requirements starting June 15

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