Governor to announce vaccine lotto

The vaccine incentive program is expected to include scholarships and $5M in cash prizes.

Imagine: You could win $55,000 and all you have to do is get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s a tactic several others states have used to help boost vaccination numbers. Michigan will soon jump on the bandwagon.

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What Happened: Bridge Michigan reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” on Thursday.

The program will include a range of different prizes – from college scholarships to cash awards. There will be a series of statewide drawings to award the prizes.

Why This Is Happening: After several months of high numbers, vaccination rates in Michigan have slowed to a crawl. At one point in April, the state was reporting more than 100,000 inoculations per day. As of Wednesday, that number had dropped to less than 17,000 shots per day.

The sweepstakes program is intended to boost those vaccination numbers. The hope is to get another 768,000 Michiganders vaccinated in order to reach 70% of the state’s population.

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