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Michigan rolls out $5 million vaccine sweepstakes

The incentives include cash prizes and scholarships
Posted at 6:07 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 19:14:11-04

(WXMI) — Aside from proven protection against the coronavirus, now it could literally pay off to get your COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan.

Like a lot of other states, Michigan is introducing a vaccine lottery, complete with $5 million in prizes, to help boost slumping vaccine numbers.

“With the sweepstakes, we hope to increase our rate by 9%, roughly 700,000 more Michiganders, so that we can get to that 70% rate,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

As of now, just over 62% of Michiganders—about 5 million of us—have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The state is hoping money talks. A $1 million prize is available for those who were vaccinated between Dec. 1 of last year and July 10 this year. For those vaccinated from Dec. 1 of last year, until July 30 of this year, they can enter for a chance to win the jackpot $2 million, one of 30 $50,000 drawings to be done daily, or one of nine full scholarships.

Other states have certainly tried the incentive model with varying success. In Ohio, they saw success in boosting vaccination numbers after rolling out a sweepstakes program. Other states, however, like Arkansas, ended their programs after they by and large failed to move the needle.

“There are some who simply have some questions, and maybe this will motivate them to seek the answers for their questions,” said Whitmer, “so they feel comfortable getting vaccinated.”

Parents have to enter children ages 12–17 who have been vaccinated.

To enter online, click here.

To enter by phone, call 888-535-6136.

Make sure you know your date of vaccination when entering.

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