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New COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners announced

By: - July 27, 2021 2:48 pm

Amiral Al-hacaham | Screenshot

A new set of winners of the “MI Shot to Win” contest were announced at a virtual press conference Tuesday.  

The lottery-style raffle for Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 is 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 $50,000 winners are:

  • Leslie Boney of West Bloomfield
  • Johnathon Barraw of Traverse City
  • Mikayla Alexander of Detroit
  • Erika Smith of Flint
  • Majid Al-hacham of Dearborn Heights
  • Anthony Carroll of Detroit
  • Jonelle Shannon of Grand Rapids
  • Jacqueline Mabee of Allegan
  • Clara Jekel of Holland
  • Ke’Lexis Love of Flint

The effort aims to increase Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination rate by roughly 9% — or about 667,000 Michiganders — to achieve the statewide goal of 70% of residents age 16 and older who are immunized. 

As of Friday, 57.7% of Michiganders ages 12 and up had received at least one dose, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole Singh was joined by former MTV “Real World: New York” cast member Norman Korpi and Miss Michigan 2021 Vivian Zhong as hosts of the virtual event.

Majid Al-hacaham, a truck driver, was vaccinated on July 11 at a CVS pharmacy in Detroit. His wife, Amiral, said that they are the “proud parents” of three children.

“We got vaccinated because we want to keep our community safe,” said Amiral Al-hacaham.

As of Monday, more than 2.2 million Michiganders had applied for the grand prizes since July 1, according to the state.

On July 20, LaTonda Anderson of Grand Blanc won $1 million in Michigan’s sweepstakes to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 deadline for unvaccinated Michiganders to get immunized and qualify for remaining $50,000 daily drawings is Friday. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings is located at

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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 Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.