Las Cruces resident wins $250,000 in COVID vaccine sweepstakes

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FILE – In this Monday, May 25, 2020 file photo, a vile of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate on a shelf during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The State of New Mexico on Wednesday confirmed the fourth winner in the second drawing of the Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a $10 million cash sweepstakes funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations.

The fourth confirmed winner in the July 2 drawing is Jocelyn Kidd from Las Cruces.

Non-winning entries will be carried over to each successive $1 million drawing. New Mexicans who have opted in to the sweepstakes do not have to opt-in again to remain eligible for future drawings. Vaccinated New Mexicans who have not yet opted in to the sweepstakes still can opt-in for future drawings at The deadline to opt-in for each drawing is 6 p.m. the night before the drawing.

Three more $1 million Friday drawings, with four regional $250,000 winners each, will occur.

The next $1 million drawing is scheduled for July 16, followed by drawings scheduled for July 23 and July 30.

A grand prize drawing of $5 million is scheduled for early August.

The sweepstakes and other financial incentives have contributed to increased interest in vaccinations statewide.

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