Four new winners of MI Shot to Win's daily $50,000 Sweepstakes announced Tuesday

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 13:55:36-04

(WXYZ) — A third round of winners have been selected for the "MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes!"

On Tuesday four winners were announced for the daily $50,000 drawings.

Third round winners announced July 27:

  • July 7 winner Leslie Boney of Bloomfield
  • July 8 winner Johnathan Barraw of Traverse City
  • July 9 winner Mikayla Alexander of Detroit
  • July 10 winner Erika Smith of Flint

Watch the announcement here.

The winners of this round represent almost every region of the state including Detroit, southeast Michigan, west Michigan, mid-Michigan and northern Lower Michigan, according to the Protect Michigan Commission.

Unvaccinated residents have until Friday to get the COVID-19 vaccine to qualify for the remaining drawings of the sweepstakes.

Related: At current pace, Michigan won't reach 70% of 16+ vaccinated against COVID-19 until 2022

According to the organization, the sweepstakes has received a total of more than 2.2 million applicants for the grand prizes.

Second round winners announced July 21:

  • July 5 $50,000 winner Jenna Basaj of Madison Heights
  • July 6 $50,000 winner Paul Bareno of Rockford
  • $1 million winner LaTonda Anderson of Grand Blanc
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"I am a believer. I am a woman of faith," the $1 million prize winner said. LaTonda Anderson says she plans on giving some money back to the church as well as helping her daughter pay off her student loans.

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"They call me the true advocate because [in] my opinion it is the ultimate act of unselfishness to be able to get the COVID vaccine."

Four $50K winners were announced during the first drawing:

  • July 1 winner Amber Berger of New Baltimore
  • July 2 winner Adrienne Peterson of Southfield
  • July 3 winner Christopher Ackerman of Detroit
  • July 4 winner Larita Lee of Wyoming

Whitmer announced the sweepstakes aimed at increasing vaccination rates, but rates have been going down. As of July 19, the state is averaging just over 3,579 vaccines per day.

Related: Despite lottery announcement, Michigan's COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to fall

If that pace continues, Michigan wouldn't hit the mark of 70% of people 16 and up vaccinated until Jan. 1, 2022. The percentage of Michiganders with at least one dose of a vaccine gets even lower when including those 12 and up.

Related: 25% of Michigan kids age 12 - 15 fully vaccinated as COVID-19 cases slowly increase

In June, the state averaged 7,273 vaccinations per day, and that number has been more than cut in half to start July.

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