Governor Gretchen Whitmer explained the specifics of Michigan’s new COVID vaccine contest, including who may enter, how to sign up, and what rewards are available. This is an opportunity for Michigan residents to register and compete for a share of $5 million in cash prizes and college scholarships. The Governor stated that the sweepstakes would be a valuable instrument in the fight against COVID.
According to Whitmer, 62.4 percent of Michigan residents aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine as of Thursday. That’s a population of nearly 5 million people. Michigan’s vaccination objective has always been to vaccinate 70% of residents aged 16 and up. But, Whitmer said, “With the sweepstakes, we hope to increase our rate by that 9% — roughly 700,000 more Michiganders — so that we can get to that 70% rate.”
There are nine scholarship lottery prizes available for Michiganders aged 12 to 17 who have been immunized. Each scholarship comes with a four-year Michigan education trust sharing tuition program contract that can be used to pay for tuition and required fees at a college or university if the terms are met.