LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will incentivize people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by awarding more than $5 million in cash and nearly $500,000 in college scholarships in lottery-style drawings.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will announce the program with business, health and nonprofit leaders on Thursday.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
The “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” comes after other states have offered millions of dollars in incentives to boost vaccination rates.READ MORE: Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
About 62% of Michigan residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose. State officials want to see at least 70% vaccinated — roughly 768,000 more people.
Those ages 18 and up who have received at least one dose will be eligible for cash giveaways. Vaccinated residents ages 12 to 17 will have the opportunity to win one of nine four-year Michigan Education Trust contracts valued at $55,000.MORE NEWS: Police: Suspect Charged In Abduction, Sexual Assault Of 9-Year-Old Farmington Hills Girl
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