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More than 1M sign up for Michigan COVID-19 sweepstakes

By: - July 7, 2021 11:43 am

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers visited the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion to observe its ongoing vaccination efforts for area residents, Feb. 9, 2021 | Whitmer office photo

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday more than 1 million Michiganders have entered the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes,” a lottery-style raffle that gives Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships.

“The response by Michiganders to the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes is outstanding,” said Whitmer. “It’s exciting to see so many people signing up for the sweepstakes as they are the best messengers who can encourage their family and friends to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and help answer any questions they have about the process.” 

About 500,000 residents signed up within the first 24 hours, the governor’s office said last week.

The opportunity includes 30 daily drawing prizes worth $50,000 for those who get their first dose during the sweepstakes. About 45,000 young Michiganders have signed up for the scholarship drawing. Almost 500,000 signed up for COVID-19 vaccine lottery on the first day of activity.

The effort began Thursday and ends on Aug. 3. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings can be found at: The first round of winners, including the recipient of a $1 million drawing, will be announced on Monday.

Michigan’s sweepstakes giveaway is sponsored by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the state of Michigan. The statewide vaccine sweepstakes is 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 many more organizations. 

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.