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Grand Blanc woman wins $1 million MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes prize

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:58 PM EDT
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GRAND BLANC, Mich. (WJRT) - LaTonda Anderson couldn’t believe her luck after winning $1 million from the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes.

”I thought it was a scam,” the 55-year-old Grand Blanc woman said.

Anderson didn’t believe it when she first read the text.

“You were randomly selected as the winner for the COVID MI Shot to Win. And I said, ‘I do remember putting in my name the week before and I said maybe I’ll just give him a call to see,’” she said.

The call would be life changing to confirm she is the lucky winner of the $1 million prize announced Wednesday during the second round of drawing winners in Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery.

“First of all, I’m so thankful and I feel so blessed,” Anderson said.

She and her husband got vaccinated at Flint Northwestern High school back in March. While she is incredibly grateful to have won the million dollars, the real prize for her is knowing that herself, her family and others are protected against COVID-19.

“The closer we get to eradicating the disease, the virus, I think we’ll all just be in a better place so I just wanted to do my part,” Anderson said.

With her winnings, Anderson said she will give some money to her church, help pay off some student loans for her daughter in dental school, buy her son a used a car and do some home renovating. She may decide to take a vacation next year.

So far, more than 2 million people have entered to win the MI Shot to Win cash prizes and more than 90,000 Michiganders have entered to win a college scholarship.

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