The first winners of the “Shot To Win” vaccine competition are named

New Baltimore RN, retired General Motors Wyoming employee and two other Detroit-area residents are the first winners of the $ 50,000 grand prize for “MI Shot To Win”, the new raffle lottery-style state that aims to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates.

“Michiganders’ response to the MI Shot To Win contest is exceptional,” Whitmer said in a statement. “It’s exciting to see so many people registering for the raffle as they are the best messengers who can encourage their family and friends to get their COVID-19 vaccine and help answer their questions about the process. . “

Amber Berger, of New Baltimore, became the first recipient announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a video press conference Wednesday. She was vaccinated July 1 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Berger, in a brief video statement, said the decision was driven in part by watching her husband, a firefighter, hospitalized with COVID-19, and a close friend and colleague who suffered from it a year later. “Plus, I just saw so many horrible things just working in COVID units with,” Berger said.

Other $ 50,000 winners included Adrienne Peterson (Southfield), who planned to use her prize to buy a new home; Christopher Ackerman (Detroit) and Larita Lee (Wyoming), who all got vaccinated between July 2-4.
Lee, who is also a mother of three, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of two, referred to similar concerns to Berger in her own press release, saying, “You don’t want to end up on a ventilator in the hospital. “

Whitmer kicked off the lottery on July 1, hoping it will help meet the state’s previously announced goal of vaccinating 70 percent of all adults 16 and older with at least one dose by August 3. Rates have increased by less than a percentage point, from 61.7 to 62.4 percent, since the announcement of the lottery. That means an additional 611,697 residents would need a first dose for Michigan to meet its target.

As of July 13, more than 5.2 million Michiganders had received at least one injection, including 60.5% of residents aged 12 and over. This vaccination rate ranks 27th among all states and is below the national average of 65%, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s better than rates in neighboring states like Indiana (54.1%) and Ohio (57%), but still behind Illinois, which leads the region, with the first doses given to 70.5% to residents aged 12 and over.

MI Shot To Win runs through August 3 and will end with a $ 2 million draw slated for August 4.

Michigan’s vaccine raffle runs from July 1 to August 3, with a $ 2 million draw scheduled for August 4. There will also be a $ 1 million draw on Monday July 12 and 30 daily draws of $ 50,000 through early August.

To be eligible for an award, residents must have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and must register at

As of Wednesday, around 1.78 million people entered the raffle for cash prizes and around 78,000 young people aged 12 to 17 registered to win one of nine college scholarships. To enter for a chance to win, go to or call the Michigan COVID-19 hotline at (888) 535-6136 (and press then 1). Those between 12 and 17 years old must be registered by a parent.

The MI Shot To Win Contest is hosted by Meijer and United Way, and funded by Federal COVID-19 Relief Dollars.

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