Gov. Whitmer Announces More Than 1 million Michiganders Signed Up for 'MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 6, 2021   

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov 

 

Gov. Whitmer Announces More Than 1 million Michiganders Signed Up for 'MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes' 

  

LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced more than one million Michiganders have entered the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes, a lottery-style raffle that gives vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. In an effort to encourage more Michiganders to get vaccinated, the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes includes thirty Daily Drawing prizes worth $50,000 for those who get their first dose during the sweepstakes.   

  

As of today (July 6) at 2:30 p.m. EDT, the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes has received 1,001,149 applicants for the grand prizes, with 44,966 young Michiganders signed up for the scholarship drawing. 

  

The sweepstakes began Thursday, July 1, and ends on Aug. 3, 2021. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings is at: www.MIShotToWin.comThe first round of winners, including the recipient of a $1 million drawing, will be publicly announced Monday, July 12. More details about the announcement of the winners is pending.  

  

"The response by Michiganders to the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is outstanding," said Governor Whitmer. "It's exciting to see so many people signing up for the sweepstakes as they are the best messengers who can encourage their family and friends to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and help answer any questions they have about the process."  

  

Michigan's sweepstakes giveaway is powered by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the State of Michigan. The statewide vaccine sweepstakes is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MichiganMichigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of State UniversitiesSmall Business Association of MichiganBusiness Leaders of Michigan, the Protect Michigan Commission and many more organizations.  

  

The aim of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is to increase the state's vaccination rate by roughly 9% - or approximately 667,000 Michiganders - to achieve the statewide goal of 70% of residents age 16 and older who are immunized.  

  

As of July 4, 2021, 61.9% (5,014,781Michiganders) age 16 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data.  

  

The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is the latest kickoff in a series of lottery-style raffles by other states such as Ohio's first-in-the-nation launch of the "Vax-a-Million" campaign. Ohio said vaccinations in the state increased 94% among 16- and 17- year-olds, 46% among 18- and 19-year-olds and 55% among those between 20 and 49 years old after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the lotteries. 

  

"The tremendous support we are receiving from our business, community, nonprofit and government partners for the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is inspiring and will help ensure we reach our objective of getting to a 70% immunization rate," said Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole Singh. 

  

"The results we're seeing from the July Fourth holiday are impressive," Ebersole said. "But entering to win isn't enough. We are asking all Michiganders to call your family and friends today and make sure they know now is the time to get vaccinated in order for a chance to win one of the amazing giveaways." 

  

Governor Whitmer created the Protect Michigan Commission in January. The appointees represent a diverse array of industries, professions and backgrounds. Housed within the MDHHS, commission leaders are charged with helping to ensure every Michigander has a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  

  

The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is the latest kickoff in a series of lottery-style raffles by other states such as Ohio's first-in-the-nation launch of the "Vax-a-Million" campaign. Ohio said vaccinations in the state increased 94% among 16- and 17- year-olds, 46% among 18- and 19-year-olds and 55% among those between 20 and 49 years old after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the lotteries. 

  

Under Michigan's new sweepstakes, residents age 18 and older who have received at least one dose of vaccine are eligible to register for a combined total of $5 million in cash giveaways.  

  

In addition, Michigan's vaccine sweepstakes will offer the opportunity to win one of nine Scholarship Drawing prizes available to vaccinated 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 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 sweepstakes will hold a number of drawings including: 

 

$1 Million Drawing 

  • Entry dates: July 1 - July 10 
  • Open to all eligible persons who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination between December 1, 2020 and July 10, 2021. 

 

$2 Million Drawing 

  • Entry dates: July 1 - August 3 
  • Open to all eligible persons who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination between December 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021. 

 

$50,000 Daily Drawing 

  • Entry dates: July 1 - August 3 
  • Open to all eligible persons who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on the date corresponding to the $50k Daily Drawing. 
  • The deadline to enter the daily drawing is 11:59 p.m. ET the day prior to the drawing. See official rules for exact dates. 

 

Scholarship Drawings 

  • Entry dates: July 1 - July 30 
  • Open to all eligible persons who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination between December 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021. 
  • The Scholarship Drawing is only open to legal United States residents residing in Michigan who are between the ages of 12 and 17 as of the corresponding drawing date. The parent or legal guardian must enter the eligible individual in the Sweepstakes for the Scholarship Drawing. 

 

YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE SWEEPSTAKES ONLINE AT https://www.mishottowin.com/ 

To enter the sweepstakes by phone, please call the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes Hotline: 

  • Call: 888-535-6136 (press 1) 
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 
  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 

  

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