On Thursday, July 1, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new initiative of giving away a total of $5 million through the state's vaccine lottery.
The initiative is to get nearly 700,000 more residents vaccinated against COVID-19 and pump up the vaccination rate to 70%.
News of the announcement was leaked late Wednesday night, and Whitmer formally announced the vaccine lottery Thursday morning in Lansing.
The state has partnered with Meijer for holding the sweepstake and is eligible for all residents vaccinated from December 1, 2020, through July 10, 2021.
The prize giveaways include $2 million, $1 million prizes, and $50,000 in daily drawings. There are also thousands of dollars in scholarships for grabs.
The announcement was a surprise after the Governor's initial comments a few weeks ago that the state couldn't replicate the lottery giveaway in Ohio, citing the state's gaming regulations. However, she said they tried other options through a partnership with Meijer to make this possible.
Taking a jab at Ohio, Whitmer said, "If there's one thing every Michigander can agree on, it's that whatever Ohio can do, Michigan can do it better and bigger."
Eligibility for the Michigan COVID-19 vaccine lottery?
Michigan residents who are 18 or older are eligible for entering the lottery if they meet the below criteria.
- If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine since December 2020, you are qualified. Anyone who has received a vaccine before July 10 is eligible for the $1 million drawings.
- Anyone who takes a vaccine by the end of August is eligible for the $2 million prize.
- The daily prizes are ONLY available for people who get their first dose of the vaccine in July. Scroll down for more details on the daily rewards.
Michigan's COVID-19 vaccine Prize List
- The state will give $1 million for entries between July 1 and July 10.
- $50,000 will be announced every day between July 1 and August 3. These prizes will be given to people who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on the corresponding date. In other words, this prize is available only for people who get the first vaccine in July.
- The state's grand prize is $2 million, which is open to all residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine between December 1, 2020, and July 30, 2021.
- Apart from cash prizes, the state is also giving away nine $55,000 scholarships. These are available everyone between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received a dose of the vaccine, or will receive one in July. A parent or legal guardian must enter the eligible person for the prize.
The prize transfers will happen via check, or an electronic transfer of funds will take place.
How to register for COVID-19 vaccine lottery?
Getting a vaccine does not mean you are eligible for the Michigan COVID-19 vaccine lottery. For entering the draw, register yourself for any of the above prizes.
To get registered, go to "mishottowin.com" and click register now.
Once there, fill the online form that includes your legal name, address, contact information, and your vaccination dates - so keep your vaccination card ready for reference.
Finally, you must acknowledge that you are eligible. Click Submit, and you're done.
You also have the option to register by phone by calling 888-535-6136 and pressing 1.
Announcement dates for COVID-19 vaccine lottery prizes
- The $1 million prize is expected to be announced on the next day of the end eligibility date, i.e., July 11, 2021.
- The $50,000 daily prizes will be drawn roughly 5 days after the immunization dates. So if you get vaccinated on July 1, you must register within four days (i.e., by July 5). The drawing will take place on or about July 6 (same calculation for all the other dates).
- The $2 million grand prize is for all residents vaccinated from December 1, 2020, through July 30, 2021. That prize raffle will take place on or about August 4, 2021.
- The scholarship prizes are eligible for all teens vaccinated before July 30, 2021. That lottery will also take place on August 4.
Visit the state's website mishottowin.com for full details on dates, daily drawings, and state rules.
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