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Almost 500K sign up for COVID-19 vaccine lottery in 1st day

By: - July 2, 2021 8:53 am

Detroit vaccination site | Ken Coleman photo

As of 8 a.m. Friday, 464,698 people have registered for the grand prizes in the “MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes” and 23,978 young Michiganders have signed up for the scholarship drawing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said Friday.

The governor announced on Thursday the lottery-style raffle for vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. Other states, including Ohio, have announced similar efforts.

The aim of the contest is to increase the state’s vaccination rate by roughly 9% — or approximately 667,000 Michiganders — to achieve the statewide goal of 70% of residents age 16 and older who are immunized.

As of Thursday, 61.8% — more than 5 million Michiganders age 16 and older — have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data.

State to offer cash for COVID-19 vaccinations 

“This is an innovative way to encourage more Michiganders to get vaccinated, and I am delighted to see so much excitement for the kickoff of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes,” said Whitmer. “We understand there are people out there who have questions, and maybe this will motivate them to seek the answers to their questions so they feel comfortable getting vaccinated.”

The effort is sponsored by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the State of Michigan and supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of State Universities, Small Business Association of Michigan, Business Leaders of Michigan, the Protect Michigan Commission and others organizations.

The sweepstakes ends on Aug. 3. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings is at

COVID-19 vaccination prizes

  • $1 million drawing: There is one $1 million drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of an award as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner.
  • $50,000 daily drawings: There are 30 daily drawing prizes of $50,000 available for state residents age 18 and older, each consisting of an award as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winners.
  • $2 million drawing: There is one $2 million drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of an award as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner.
  • Scholarship drawing: There are nine scholarship drawing prizes available for Michiganders between ages 12 to 17 whose parents enter on their behalf. Each scholarship drawing prize consists of a four-year Michigan Education Trust (MET) Charitable Tuition Program contract (valued at $55,000) that may be used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees at a college or university in accordance with MET terms and conditions.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.