The state of New Mexico has confirmed the first prize winners in the Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a $10 million cash sweepstakes funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations.
The confirmed winners of the drawing on Friday, July 16 are:
- Wendy Greenway, Santa Fe
- Novie Benavidez, Albuquerque
- Ofelia Pardo, Roswell
- Wendy Curtin, 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 vax2themaxnm.org. The deadline to opt in for each drawing is 6 p.m. the night before the drawing.
Two more $1 million Friday drawings, with four regional $250,000 winners each, will occur throughout the summer, each conducted by the New Mexico Lottery on behalf of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration.
The next $1 million drawing is July 30. A grand prize drawing of $5 million is scheduled in early August.
The sweepstakes and other financial incentives have contributed to increased interest in vaccinations statewide. The vaccineNM.org website saw a 6,000 percent increase in traffic last week from the week before, and a 250 percent increase in first-time visitors week to week.
New Mexicans who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination may opt in to the sweepstakes at vax2themaxNM.org. To be eligible for the $5 million grand prize, New Mexicans must have completed their vaccination series. New Mexicans can schedule their shots at vaccineNM.org.