Gov. Gavin Newsom of California hosted a game show-style drawing on Friday to announce the first batch of $50,000 winners for the state’s Covid-19 vaccine lottery.
“Today is among many of the incentive programs the state is advancing. You’re seeing local incentives, and I want to applaud the mayors, city council members, city administrators, members of boards of supervisors for their innovation. I want to thank other states and their innovative leaders for coming up with novel strategies, novel approaches. I want to thank the president, himself, for his support of incentives, his making available recently with language that makes available federal funds to help support efforts like those that we’re announcing here. If you’re just a little bit hesitant or you just were unwilling in the past, but all of a sudden you think, ‘Wait to second, I could really use $50,000.’ We’re doing all this to encourage that, and to get you to think anew and hopefully act anew and get in, walk in to, you don’t even have to make reservations most of these sites and just get that vaccine. Let’s get this —” “Yeah.” “Let’s get some folks in the Central Valley.” “Central Valley.” “We will start with No. 18.” “Eighteen.” “There you are. We’ll find out where No. 18 is.” “Eighteen.” “Mendocino County.” “Mendocino County.” “Let’s see how quick you are to find Mendocino County.” “All eyes on me.”