Michigan Vaccine Lottery: how to enter and sign up
Michigan becomes the latest state to offer its vaccinated residents a chance to win millions. We took a look at what you need to know.
On 1 July, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer became the latest state leader to announce a vaccine lottery program. Any residents who received a vaccine between December 1, 2020, through July 10, 2021, are eligible to win a set of cash prizes or scholarships for those under eighteen.
The program will begin on 6 July and run through 4 August.
The State of Michigan’s new "MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes" is open to all Michiganders ages 18 & up who have received a dose of the #COVID19 vaccine. A Scholarship Drawing is open to the ages of 12 & 17 - Details: https://t.co/m7GrT3i7SD pic.twitter.com/v4dLFUlBTQ— Library of Michigan (@LibraryofMich) July 3, 2021
How to register?
All those vaccinated within the designated timeframe can register through the website MI Shot To Win. When registering, you will need to provide the following information.
- First name (first, middle, and last)
- Date of Birth
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Vaccination information -- the date of the first dose.
For those without internet access, it is possible to register by phone. To enter, call “call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, then press 1 and provide the information requested, to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes.” The hotline will be staffed from,
- Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
All the information required for an online entry will need to be provided over the phone as well.
What are the prizes?
The state will be giving away prizes worth a total of five million dollars.
The first set of drawings will occur daily starting 6 July through 4 August, wherein one adult will win $50,000. To be eligible for the first drawing, one must have received their first dose by 1 July and have registered by the 5th at 11:59 PM.
The drawing to win $1,000,000 will take place on 11 July. To have a chance at winning, those eligible must register by 10 July.
The Grand Prize drawing will take place on 4 August, and one lucky winner will take home $5,000,000. Those interested in a chance to win must have been vaccinated before 30 July and entered by 3 August.
The scholarship drawings, for which any residents between the ages of twelve and seventeen who have gotten at least one dose of a vaccine are eligible, will take place on 4 August as well.
A total of nine scholarships will be awarded and consists of “a four-year 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.”
The Michigan government established the MET Charitable Tuition program to help students access higher education as prices continue to rise. The program aims to allow individuals and businesses “to purchase from one to four years of college for a deserving individual in your community at a price that's discounted especially for this program.”
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