Vax for the Win

California’s vaccine incentive program

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

Did you get vaccinated between May 27 and July 18? You are still eligible to collect your $50 incentive card!

Free tickets to Six Flags are also available at select locations. Don’t wait any longer!

Trouble getting or redeeming your code? Call 1-833-993-3873.

$50 cards

Tickets to Six Flags

$50 cards - “You Call the Shot California”

If you got your first vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you are still eligible to get a $50 card! Choose between a $50 virtual cash card, Kroger card, or Albertsons card.

You’re eligible to receive a $50 card if you:

  • Live in California,
  • Are age 12 or older,
  • And started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18.

To get your $50 card, just:

  • Get your code (via email or text within 7-10 days)
  • Redeem and pick your reward (within 90 days)

If you did not receive a code within 14 days of your final vaccination, call 833-993-3873.

See Terms and Conditions.

Illustration of a $50 incentive card and what you could get with it: groceries, vegetables, and cash

Tickets to Six Flags

Do you miss amusement parks? Select vaccination sites are giving away tickets to any Six Flags park in California while supplies last!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, with more coasters than anywhere on the planet.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the Thrill Capital of Northern California, featuring a unique combination of animal attractions, thrilling rides, exciting shows, and wildlife presentations.
  • Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles and Hurricane Harbor Concord offer thrilling waterpark fun for the entire family.

Just get your first vaccine dose at a participating clinic, and you’ll get a ticket.

But don’t wait. Each clinic has a limited supply!

Ready for some fun?

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Questions and answers

For rules, eligibility, and more details, see Terms and Conditions.

$50 cards - "You Call the Shot California"

How long will the incentive cards last? When will the program run out?

Cards were only available for the first 2 million eligible individuals who started their vaccination process between May 27 and July 18.

If I got my first dose before the incentive card program started, then get my second dose after it started, am I eligible?

No, you were not eligible to receive an incentive card. But you were eligible for the other cash and vacation prizes. The purpose of the card program was to motivate unvaccinated Californians to get vaccinated.

Can I get the $50 incentive card if I completed my vaccination before the program started?

No. The incentive card program was intended to motivate the remaining Californians to get vaccinated. However, fully vaccinated Californians were eligible for other cash and vacation prizes.

How do I get my redemption code?

If you started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you’ll get a redemption code by text or email within 7-10 days after your last vaccination. For those receiving a two-dose series, your $50 card will be set aside until your completed second dose.

  • If you do not have a mobile phone or email address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, you can call 1-833-993-3873 to receive a physical card.
  • If you don’t have a permanent address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, call 1-833-993-3873 to coordinate delivery of your $50 card.

How long after redeeming the incentive card does it take to receive it?

It takes up to five business days to receive the incentive card. If you have not received your card after five business days, call 1-833-993-3873.

How will people prove they’ve had both doses? What if someone tries to cheat with a fake vaccine card?

COVID-19 vaccines are tracked in California immunization records. Incentive cards and other cash prizes will be awarded based on those records.

What if I got vaccinated, but did not receive my code?

If you do not receive a code after 14 days, call 1-833-993-3873.

Is there a choice of incentive cards?

Yes, there are three choices:

  1. Virtual Mastercard®: Not an ATM card so it cannot be cashed out. It can be redeemed online where Debit Mastercard® is accepted. This is a virtual incentive card and can be added to a phone mobile wallet.
  2. Kroger: Good at Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone. (Note: Some Food 4 Less stores in Northern California and the Central Coast do not accept this card as payment. Check this list of participating Kroger locations.)
  3. Albertsons: Good at Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Andronico's Community Markets. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone.

Available while supplies last. If you are younger than 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian complete the card selection process for you, unless you are an emancipated minor.

Does my redemption code ever expire?

Yes. You must use the redemption code within 90 days to claim your card. Once claimed, the Virtual Mastercard® expires after 12 months. The grocery cards never expire.

All drawings and incentives

What did I need to do to enter the drawings?

You just had to get vaccinated in California for COVID-19 before winners were drawn. No entry form was needed; you were automatically entered in the drawing based on California immunization records once your vaccinator provided the state vaccination registry with your information. Vaccinations counted whether you got the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must be living in California to win. Winner gets the prize after they complete their vaccination series.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics at myturn.ca.gov. You can also use other websites or hotlines provided by the CDC or local health departments. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

What if I get vaccinated outside of California’s My Turn system?

You do not need to vaccinate through My Turn to be eligible. You are still eligible if your vaccination site is in California and reports doses given to the state.

What if I opted to not share my data with the Immunization Information Systems (IIS)?

The data is still reported to the state, so you would still be eligible for the incentive and other cash prizes.

How were winners notified?

The state protects your privacy, and has taken steps to protect Californians against scams. The winners were notified by officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through official "State of CA CDPH" caller ID, text, CDPH email address, or in person by CDPH district staff. Only CDPH knows the identity of the person associated with the random number that has been drawn. For more information, see the Terms and Conditions.

Winners were not asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize. Any fraudulent activities or misinformation should be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals can use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Did you make public the names of winners?

At the time of the drawing, no names were announced. Winners can decline the prize, or decline publicity associated with the prize.

Does a person need to be a U.S. citizen to win?

No. Eligibility was not determined by immigration status. Those eligible to win must only meet the following criteria:

  • Live in California,
  • Are aged 12 and older,
  • And received at least a first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

Who was not eligible?

You were not eligible if you are:

  • An employee of certain government agencies or their immediate family member, 
  • Incarcerated,
  • Live outside of California, or
  • Got vaccinated outside of California. 

Prize money will be paid after the winner completes their vaccination series.

I got a call about Vax for the Win that seemed fraudulent. What should I do?

Winners were notified by the California Department of Public Health and were not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize.

Any fraudulent activities or misinformation can be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals should also use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Is personal health information shared through these vaccine incentive programs?

No, Californians' personal health information is not shared by these programs. The Lottery will assist the programs, but will not receive personally-identifiable information. All entries will be anonymous to them.

The names of winners won't be disclosed without their consent. However, the county of the winner could be announced. The state will ensure the drawings are fair, honest, legal, and protective of personal information.

Who pays for this program?

This program is being paid for by the State of California.

$1.5 million grand prizes and $50,000 Fridays

How will the prize money be paid?

All prize money is subject to taxation and will be paid by the State Controller’s Office. The prize money will also be subject to any back taxes, child support payments, or liens owed by the winner.

Dream Vacations

How will the Dream Vacations be disbursed?

After a winner accepted the Dream Vacation, their name and contact information was provided to the organizer of that trip. The organizer served as the travel liaison for the winner. The organizer contacted the winner within five business days of them accepting the prize to provide details on redeeming the Dream Vacation. 

The organizing companies are:

Is there a choice of Dream Vacations?

No, one winner was chosen for each of six trips:

  • San Francisco (4 people for 5 nights)
  • Greater Palm Springs (2 people for 2 nights)
  • Anaheim/Orange County (4 people for 6 nights)
  • Los Angeles (4 people for 3 nights)
  • San Diego Beach (4 people for 5 nights)
  • San Diego Downtown (4 people for 5 nights)

Do the Dream Vacations expire?

Yes. 

The Anaheim/Orange County Dream Vacation and the San Diego Dream Vacations must be used by May 31, 2022. 

The San Francisco, Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles Dream Vacations must be used by June 15, 2022.

Are the Dream Vacations taxable?

Yes.

Tickets to Six Flags

How many free tickets are available and who is eligible? 

Six Flags is donating 50,000 free tickets to any Californian who receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at participating providers starting June 16, while supplies last.

Which parks are eligible?

The tickets will be eligible at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord.

How will I receive my ticket?

Paper tickets will be provided at the provider’s location at the time of vaccination.

Which providers are distributing tickets and how can I get an appointment?

There are 65 vaccination brick-and-mortar locations and a number of vaccination pop-up sites which will be giving away the tickets through 14 provider organizations. The organizations distributing tickets are the Center for Family Health and Education, the Chinatown Service Center, Clinica Sierra Vista, Community Medical Centers, Elica Health Centers, the JWCH Institute, Lifelong Health, UCI Family Health, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Centers, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers. Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Curative, and Color Health will also be distributing tickets in select locations. The counties covered by the site service areas include Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba. See the full list of participating locations.

When did participating providers begin distributing tickets?

Participating providers began distributing tickets to newly-vaccinated people beginning on Wednesday, June 16th following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom.

What are the terms and conditions of the tickets? 

Tickets are valid until September 6th at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Tickets are non-transferrable and not available for resale. Any attempt to resell tickets will result in a deactivation of the ticket.