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Morning Buzz: January 25
Posted at 11:21 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 11:21:16-05

1. DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids is being turned into a large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic starting today.

Their goal is to vaccinated 20,000 people there every day once they're available. This is all thanks to a partnership between the Kent County Health Department, Mercy Health, and Spectrum.

The clinic will be open by appointment only and the fee for the first two hours of parking under DeVos Place will be waived.

To get vaccinated registered online at wmvaccineclinic.org.

2. Grab your snowsuits, some parts of West Michigan could see up to half a foot of snow by Tuesday morning, and MDOT crews say they're ready for it.

In the Kalamazoo area, MDOT has more than 80 plows ready to go. There are 3,300 lane miles to clear once the snow starts falling.

Some drivers will focus on plowing and laying salt, and others will put down brine where it's needed before the storm.

Either way, MDOT brews are ready with more than 30,000 tons of salt on standby.

3. Did you hear about the billion-dollar lottery ticket sold in Michigan? The person who hit the Mega Millions Jackpot bought the ticket from a Kroger in Novi.

It's the 18th Mega Millions Jackpot won in Michigan over the years.

Customers from the local Kroger where the ticket was sold say the business was busy ahead of the drawing, and it's now the talk of the town.

the cash option is $739 million before taxes. The odds of winning it all were one in 302 million.

4. People weren't waiting to hit the lotto in 2020 in order to get their dream home.

Home sales last year were the highest they have been in 14 years. Not only did sales rise, but experts say the value of housing increased nine percent, creating the highest median price in history.

Realtors say the reason for the higher prices is because of the lack of inventory, particularly for lower-priced homes.

2020 ended with the lowest number of homes for sale ever available, and they say the trend may continue well into 2021.

5. Whether you use it for shipping, or just enjoy popping it, today is National Bubble Wrap Day.

Engineers first envisioned it as wallpaper when they created it in the mid-20th century.

Later they tried to sell it as greenhouse insulation. Then the wrap really got popping, when IBM used it to ship computers in 1961.

Eventually, an Indiana Radio employee decided to give the product a day in its honor.