LaTonda Anderson of Grand Blanc has won $1 million in Michigan’s sweepstakes to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“In my opinion, it’s the ultimate act of unselfishness,” she said.
New winners of the “MI Shot to Win” contest were announced at a virtual press conference Wednesday morning that included Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan native and actor Tim Meadows.
“I was vaccinated — not too long ago, actually, probably like a month ago. And when I got my second shot, it was just a big relief because I felt like I could get out and do things and I wasn’t susceptible to getting sick or passing it on or anything,” Meadows said.
The two $50,000 daily drawing winners are Jenna Basaj of Madison Heights and Paul Bareno of Rockford. The first contest winners were announced last week.
Gilchrist said, “I know it’s tempting to celebrate” with COVID-19 cases still relatively low in Michigan, but he noted the unvaccinated are still at risk, especially with the more contagious Delta variant that’s rapidly spreading across the country.
The lottery-style raffle for vaccinated Michiganders is a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. Other states, including Ohio, have announced similar efforts.
The contest aims to increase the state’s vaccination rate by roughly 9% — or approximately 667,000 Michiganders — to achieve the statewide goal of 70% of residents age 16 and older who are immunized.
About 5 million Michiganders, or 62.7% of the population age 16 and older, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state.
The effort is sponsored by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the State of Michigan and supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of State Universities, Small Business Association of Michigan, Business Leaders of Michigan, the Protect Michigan Commission and others organizations.
The sweepstakes ends on Aug. 3. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings is at www.MIShotToWin.com.