Will a $2M lotto convince people to get vaccinated?

The state's new vaccination incentive aims to get 768K Michiganders inoculated against COVID.

$2 million. That’s the top prize up for grabs in the state’s new “MI Shot to Win” sweepstakes.

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the new lottery, which includes cash and prizes adding up to $5 million. Besides a $2 million top prize, there is a $1 million prize, nine $55,000 scholarships, and a daily $50,000 drawing.

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While the goal is to get a hesitant 9% of the state’s population to be vaccinated, the sweepstakes is open to those who were vaccinated before. Previously vaccinated people can register at

People 18 and older are eligible for the cash prizes while those 12 to 17 can win scholarships.

While the money comes from federal coronavirus funding, the sweepstakes isn’t being run by the state due to legal prohibitions. Instead it’s being run by Meijer and the Michigan Association of United Ways.

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