It’s important to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but for at least one woman, it was especially fortuitous.

Diedrie “DJ” Malloy, a 66-year-old resident of Kincheloe, is the first Upper Peninsula resident to win the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes—a $50,000 prize.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is necessary to win.

The $1M drawing, $50K daily drawings and $2M drawing are open only to legal United States residents residing in Michigan who are 18 years of age or older as of the corresponding drawing date.

To be eligible, the intended prize recipient must have received at least one dose or a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the deadlines stated above.

Malloy at first thought the call she received, notifying her of the win, was a scam.

It wasn’t.

Malloy could use some good luck, having been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and undergoing treatment in Traverse City.

The money, she noted, will help her with expenses.

Malloy called the win a “real ray of sunshine.”

You could argue that people should be vaccinated for COVID-19 just because it’s the prudent thing to do. However, some people are balking for a variety of reasons.

Malloy told The Mining Journal that her doctors gave her the OK that her immune system could withstand the vaccination.

So, she decided to share her story with others who might be in a similar situation, although she urged them to check with their doctors first.

We believe people should be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but we also are glad to hear that someone will benefit financially from it, especially when she will spend her money on medical treatments instead of something frivolous.