Woman wins $1 million vaccination sweepstakes

GRAND BLANC — A Grand Blanc woman was the winner of the $1 million MI Shot to Win sweepstakes.

LaTonda Anderson entered the drawing after she and her husband received the COVID-19 vaccination at Northwestern High School.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Anderson said as state officials presented her with a check. “This is awesome.

“I am a believer, a woman of faith, so I definitely will be giving back my tithe to my offering. That is first.”

After that, Anderson said, she will pay off some student loans for her daughter, who is in dental school.

“(Family and friends) call me a true advocate (for the vaccine),” she said. “It is the ultimate act of unselfishness.”

Michigan residents who are at least 18 years old still have time to enter the $2 million drawing, as well as $50,000 daily drawings, if they have received at least the first dose of the vaccination. The entry deadline is Aug. 3. The deadline for scholarship drawings is July 30. For more information, visit www.mishottowin.com/.

“This is one of the most important things to happen in the State of Michigan,” said Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.

More than 5 million Michiganders, almost 63 percent, have received at least the first shot, Gilchrist said. The goal is 70 percent.

“This virus is still a real threat to you,” he said. “Vaccines have proven to be effective.”

The vaccine is effective on the variants, including the new, Delta variant which is “more deadly than those detected before,” Gilchrist said.

The sweepstakes is powered by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the State of Michigan.