$2 million Michigan vaccine lottery: when will the draw be held and how can I enter?
Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the MI Shot to Win Sweepstake earlier this month with millions of dollars to be won by lucky vaccinated residents.
Michigan residents who sign up to get a covid-19 vaccine will be eligible to enter a new lottery offering the chance to win an enormous cash jackpot, as well as other lucrative prizes.
The exciting new incentive was first announced on 1 July by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and it goes live on Monday 12 June. Eligibility for the lottery is retrospective, meaning that anyone who has received at least one shot of a vaccine will be able to enter.
The top prize is a $2 million jackpot, in addition to another $1 million draw and daily prizes of $50,000 each. Young people who have received a vaccine will get the chance to win one of nine $55,000 college scholarships.
How to sign up for the Michigan vaccine lottery
To be entered into the Michigan vaccine lottery you must have received at least one shot of a covid-19 vaccine and be a US resident living in Michigan. Entrants aged 18 or above will be entered into the cash draw while those aged 12-17 will be eligible to win the college scholarships.
You will not be automatically entered into the lottery and will instead have to sign up for the Michigan Shot to Win lottery. You can either do this by going to MIShotToWin.com and submitting your details, or through the covid-19 hotline on 888-535-6136. The hotline is open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 1pm on weekends.
Gov. Whitmer is optimistic about the impact that the new incentive will have, describing it as “a great way to encourage more Michiganders to get the safe and effective vaccine so you can protect yourself, your family, and help get life back to normal. If we all roll up our sleeves and do our part, we can all win big.”
Michigan currently below the national average vaccination rate
Since the new year the ongoing vaccination effort has been the top priority for health officials looking to bring an end to the pandemic. Across the US a total of 334,600,770 shots of a covid-19 vaccine have been administered, meaning that 55% of the total population have received at least one shot with 48% now fully vaccinated.
The state with the highest proportion of vaccinated residents is Vermont, where 75% of the population have had at least one dose. According to the latest figures from the New York Times, in Michigan 52% of people have received a dose. The state with the lowest vaccination rate is Mississippi with only 37% of residents having had even a single shot of a coronavirus vaccine.