Gov. Whitmer Announces $5 Million Vaccine Sweepstakes

Your decision to get vaccinated could end up winning you millions of dollars.

Following in the footsteps of several states, Michigan announced the ‘MI Shot To Win’ sweepstakes Thursday with $5 million available to be won, but only if you’re vaccinated.

Since the release of the COVID-19 vaccine back in December, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the greatest incentive to get the shot was to protect yourself, your family and your friends. In the last few months, the state has seen the vaccination rate slow down to a crawl, so to jump start that process, Governor Whitmer is putting money where her mouth is.Vax Sweepstakes Pkg 7 1 2100 00 48 09still001

If you have already gotten or will get a COVID-19 shot before July 10, you can register to win one of 41 total prizes.

  • $1 Million Drawing. There is one (1) $1M Drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of $1 million awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner. 
  • $50,000 Daily Drawings. There are thirty (30) $50,000 Daily Drawing prizes available for Michiganders age 18 and older, each consisting of $50,000 awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winners. 
  • $2 Million Drawing. There is one (1) $2 Million Drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of $2 million awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner. 
  • Scholarship Drawing. There are nine (9) Scholarship Drawing prizes available for Michiganders between ages 12-17 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.

“I know some of you must be thinking, ‘Didn’t Ohio do this first?’” said Whitmer, “Well yes, they did, but in typical Michigan fashion we wanted to do it bigger and better than they can do it in Ohio.”

Several states have turned to lottery incentives for vaccines, finally Michigan has figured out how to make it work here.

“When Ohio first did it, we examined to see whether or not we could replicate what they did,” said Whitmer, “But Michigan law precludes us from doing it, the gaming statute.”

The money is coming from federal COVID relief dollars. The issue was who would host the lottery, and that’s where their partnership with the United Way and Meijer saved the day.

“Mainly to host a lottery type sweepstakes,” said Kerry Ebersole-Singh with the Protect Michigan Commission, “How to make that available and that is where it’s really key to partner with a business entity that offers vaccines but it’s not their main business.”

To get registered, head to www.mishottowin.com.

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