Whitmer announces the first round of $50,000 daily drawing winners of MI vaccine lottery

Nearly 1.8 million Michiganders have entered the giveaway, including more than 180,000 since Sunday

Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the first four $50,000 daily cash prize winners of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes. The MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes is a lottery-style raffle that gives vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and college scholarships, according to mishottowin.com.

The first winner, selected on July 1, is Amber Berger of New Baltimore. The second winner, selected on July 2, is Adrienne Peterson of Southfield. The third winner, selected on July 3, is Chris Ackerman of Detroit. 

“I don’t have any immediate plans for the money," Ackerman said. "This all came as a surprise and I’m just happy I got vaccinated. First off, the vaccine is keeping my family and I safe. And now look, I just won some money! Michigan, let’s all get out and get vaccinated so we can go back to a better Michigan."

The fourth winner, selected on the Fourth of July, is Larita Lee, of Wyoming, Michigan. 

“The sweepstakes is what finally prompted me to get immunized," Lee said. "I wish I would’ve gotten vaccinated sooner as I am concerned about the Delta variant. You don’t want to end up on a ventilator in the hospital."

More than 5 million Michiganders have gotten their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccines. The goal of the sweepstakes is to get at least 70% of eligible residents to become inoculated, according to Whitmer. So far, more than 1.7 million people have signed up to win cash prizes. In addition, nearly 78,000 young Michiganders have entered to win college scholarships.

“We hope the sweepstakes can increase our rate by 7.5% so we get to that 70% mark," Whitmer said. "That’s roughly 600,000 Michiganders. I encourage you, if you have gotten your shot, to register online at mishottowin.com for the remaining daily drawings. These safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will keep you, your family and community safe and the most vulnerable among us safe as well."

“The chance to win one of the nine college scholarships is why I believe the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is a good incentive for students to get immunized,” Carol Hutchins, the head softball coach for University of Michigan, told Whitmer on the Facebook livestream announcing the winners on Wednesday. 

The sweepstakes began on July 1 and will end on Aug. 3. People can still sign up online here. Vaccines are widely available at doctor's offices, pharmacies and health departments across the state.