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1st winners of $50K Michigan vaccination drawing announced 

By: - July 14, 2021 2:17 pm

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic | Spectrum Health Beat/Chris Clark

The first round of winners for the daily $50,000 “MI Shot To Win” sweepstakes prize were announced Wednesday by University of Michigan Softball Coach Carol Hutchins and Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole Singh. The virtual event was opened and closed with remarks from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The contest began July 1 and will continue through Aug. 3. Those who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine between July 1 to July 30 are eligible for a single winning of $50,000 each day. 

The winners of Wednesday’s drawing were New Baltimore resident Amber Berger, Southfield resident Adrienne Peterson, Detroit resident Christopher Ackerman, and Wyoming County resident Larita Lee. 

Wednesday’s announcement was rescheduled from Monday in order to grant prize winners five days to sign and notarize required documents. If a winner failed to complete and notarize the required documents, another winner would be picked. 

The contest aims to incentivize Michiganders to get immunized with the COVID-19 shot. The program is aiming to get roughly 670,000 Michiganders vaccinated and raise the Michigan vaccination rate by about 7.5%. The program is aimed at helping the state reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of residents 16 and older.

The state currently has 62.4% residents who have had the first shot, or over 5 million people. 

The sweepstakes received over 1.7 million applicants for the cash prize, as well as over 78,000 Michiganders who signed up for the scholarship drawing. The giveaway had a boost of 180,000 applicants since Sunday. 

Residents who received their first dose between Dec. 1 and July 10 are eligible for a $1 million prize. A $2 million drawing is available for Michiganders who received a shot at some point between Dec. 1 and July 30. 

Participants ages 12 to 17 are eligible for nine four-year college scholarships worth $55,0000. 

The state reported Tuesday that there were 650 COVID-19 total cases reported over the prior four-day period. The numbers showed a decline from an average of 224 cases per day the week before. The state total as of Tuesday was 896,717 cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan’s death toll since the start of the pandemic has been 19,832 people. 

There also have been 54 cases of the highly contagious Delta variant found in Michigan as of Friday.

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Julia Forrest
Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.