$1.5 million each.
All they need is a little luck.
A little vaccine.
If this sounds like the world's most boring reality show, well, it's coming to California, and it's for a good cause. In what the state is calling "Vax for the Win," an incentive program for residents to get their shots before the planned June 15 elimination of nearly all COVID restrictions, the state will distribute $116.5 million in cash prizes to people who are at least partially vaccinated.
Any resident 12 and older with at least one shot is automatically entered to win one of 30 $50,000 cash prize drawings on June 4 and June 11.
Then, on June 15, $1.5 million will go to each of 10 winners.
But wait. There's more ...
Starting Thursday, "the next 2 million people who begin and complete their COVID-19 vaccination" will receive a $50 prepaid or grocery card, the state said. If you win, you'll get a message with a redemption code sent to your mobile phone or email address. Those without either can call 1-833-993-3873, seven to 10 days after their final dose.
Any winners of the contests who have received only a first shot will have to complete their immunization in order to collect a prize. For the lucky vaccinated under 18, the money will go into a savings account until they come of age.
"Can be for your education, can start a business," Gov. Gavin Newsom offered Thursday, after announcing the program. "You can dream a little bit differently. You can help support your friends, family. Can do the right thing and set aside most of that money, maybe give it to charity. But that will be your decision."
About 63% of Californians ages 12 and older are at least partially vaccinated, according to the state, with an estimated 12 million eligible people who have yet to get a shot.
In terms of awesome vaccine-related lottery names, California has to compete with VaxCash in Maryland, Vax and Scratch in New York, and Take Your Shot, Oregon, among others. On Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman won $1 million in Ohio's Vax-a-Million contest.