By Jennifer Dale-Burton

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors has established a COVID-19 Rescue Act Vaccination Lottery to encourage tribal members and team members to get vaccinated to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The lottery will include three team member drawings and three tribal member drawings per month from December 2021 through April 2022. Eligible winners will receive $5,000 each.

To enter the vaccination lottery, participants must complete and submit only one entry form on the tribe’s website, Eligible participants will automatically qualify for the next month’s drawings if they did not win during the prior month.

To be eligible to participate in the lottery, tribal members and team members must be 18 and older as the entry date. Drawing winners must provide proof they received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination as of the date the entry form was submitted. (As of the enactment of the vaccination lottery, approved vaccines are the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.) Tribal member drawing winners must submit proof of their enrollment in the tribe as of their entry form submission date and winning date. Similarly, team member drawing winners must submit proof of their employment with the tribe as of their entry form submission date and winning date.

Tribal members who are also team members are eligible to enter both drawing categories and are eligible to win up to one prize from each drawing category. All other eligible participants may win only once.

The vaccination lottery drawing will be administered by the independent third-party accounting firm, Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth. To view the complete vaccination lottery rules and complete the lottery entry form, please go to (case sensitive).

The vaccination lottery program will be funded with the tribe’s American Rescue Plan Act state and local fiscal recovery funds and other federally approved vaccination funding received by the tribe.