Report: Gretchen Whitmer’s Taxpayer-Funded Vaccine Raffle Gimmick ‘Fails’

An analysis conducted by the Center Square of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) coronavirus vaccine raffle gimmick is that it was a failure.

Whitmer attempted to copy Ohio, which also incentivized the vaccinated by making them eligible to receive one of several major cash prizes.

Whitmer’s administration used over $5 million in taxpayer dollars to give away $2 million, $1 million, and daily $50,000 prizes as a means to boost faltering vaccination rates. The governor’s goal was to achieve a 70 percent rate by the end of the contest.

The Center Square noted she failed:

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer placed a $5 million bet on a COVID-19 vaccine lottery, the goal was to increase Michigan’s vaccination rate by 9 percentage points – from 61.8% to break 70% by August 3.

Michigan stands at 63.5% as of July 30, having spent about $5 million for what appears less than a 2 percentage point increase, depending on weekend injection numbers.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency estimates Michigan won’t reach 70% (injecting an additional 524,600 vaccines) until Nov. 13, 2021, at a pace of 4,900 injections daily. Whitmer initially set that benchmark as the finish line to dropping COVID-19 restrictions.

Despite failing to achieve its goal, Whitmer was able to use the gimmick to change the subject from her scandals and grab positive headlines that included exuberant winners detailing how they would spend their prizes.- READ MORE