COVID-19

State announces $2M vaccine lotto winner

The governor says the sweepstakes was a success despite raising the state's vaccination rate by only 2%.

The state’s vaccine sweepstakes was a success. So said Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday during an event announcing the final winners of the state’s MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes.

Christine Duval of Bloomfield Township was selected to win the $2 million top prize. Several other, smaller prizes and scholarships were also awarded.

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Whitmer touted the program’s effectiveness at raising weekly vaccinations in the state. The rate of people receiving their first doses of coronavirus vaccines rose a little bit over the course of the sweepstakes’ run, even as total vaccinations declined.

However, the sweepstakes fell far short of its stated goal of getting 70% of state residents vaccinated. In fact, the percentage of people vaccinated rose only 2% between the time the lotto-style program was announced in July and its end earlier this month.

The sweepstakes gave away $5 million in prizes and scholarships, mostly to people receiving their first doses during the course of the competition. The money came from federal coronavirus funding.

[WOOD, MLive]

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