So far, about 62.4% of the state's eligible residents, or 4.9 million people, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes aims to increase the state’s vaccination rate by roughly 9% – or nearly 768,000 Michigan residents.
Waiting until the final stretch might be a savvy move. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rolled out a similar program back in May, which was credited with driving a brief surge in vaccinations, including a 94% increase among 16- and 17- year-olds, 46% among 18- and 19-year-olds, and 55% among people between 20 and 49 years old.
"I know some of you must be thinking, 'Didn't Ohio do this first?' Well, yes, they did," Whitmer said at the press conference. "But in typical Michigan fashion, we wanted to do it bigger and better than they can do it in Ohio."
The lottery is open to anyone ages 12 and up who has received a COVID-19 vaccine from Dec. 1, 2020 through July 10, 2021. (People under age 17 need a parent or guardian to help them get registered.) Registration for the lottery is not automatic — people have to sign up online at MIshottowin.com or by calling 888-535-6136.
The contest comes as a more contagious "Delta" strain of the virus is rapidly spreading across the world, causing some governments to reimpose mask mandates and other shutdown measures.
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