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Lotteries announced in Michigan to incentivize vaccinations


As Americans are appearing likely to fall short of reaching President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4, states are getting creative at boosting the numbers. In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a lottery for those who have gotten vaccinated, featuring prizes of up to $2 million. The Associated Press has the story:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer encouraging residents to get vaccinated with $2 million lottery

LANSING, Mich. — About $5 million in cash and college scholarships will be given away in lottery-style drawings aimed at raising Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

The incentive program features a $2 million jackpot, a $1 million prize and 30 daily drawings of $50,000 for residents ages 18 and older who have received at least one shot. Vaccinated residents ages 12 to 17 are eligible for one of nine four-year prepaid tuition contracts valued at $55,000.

The MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes is being launched after several states, including Ohio, offered millions of dollars to boost vaccinations — with mixed results.

Nearly 62% of Michigan residents ages 16 and up have received at least one dose, ranking it near the middle among states, as infections have plummeted. Whitmer and state health officials want 70% vaccinated, which would require about 678,000 additional people to get a shot.

An entertainer performs as she guides people to vaccine cubicles at the Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Entertainers from the popular music festival Tomorrowland performed at the Vaccine Village after the festival was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)



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