May 27, 2021 7:57 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The state of California announced this Thursday that it will raffle off 116.5 million dollars among those citizens of its territory who are vaccinated, a strategy that is part of the public campaign to encourage immunization against covid-19.
This was announced on Twitter by the governor of California, Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Newsom explained that 15 million of the total amount will be distributed among 10 winners on June 15.
A few days before, on June 4 and 11, California will distribute prizes of $ 50,000 to 30 people vaccinated in the golden state.
In a statement, Newsom specified that the only requirement to participate in the raffle is to have been vaccinated.
In the event that the winner is a minor, the money will be deposited in a savings account until they are 18 years old.
On the other hand, the director of the California Department of Public Health, Tomás Aragón, explained that this program “is designed to encourage those who need additional support to get vaccinated and help keep California safe.”
In addition, they will award gift cards worth $ 50, redeemable at supermarkets, to the next 2 million people who get vaccinated.
The Californian government announced this initiative at a time when more than 49% of those over 12 years of age have been vaccinated.
This proportion is slightly above the national average, which is 47%.
Other states, such as Ohio, New York, and Maryland, have also organized state lotteries among their populations to encourage vaccinations.