(Natural News) New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on June 1 announced a lottery program that will award a total of $10 million in cash prizes to residents who have received at least one coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine dose.
“Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do – for yourself, for your family and for your state,” Lujan Grisham said. “I’m excited to add a little fun to our nation-leading vaccination push.”
The state’s program called “Vax to the Max” has a grand prize of $5 million, the largest single cash award being offered by any state with a similar program. (Related: SPOOKY: Health Ranger predicted “vaccine lottery” ten years ago, now Ohio just announced a $1 million vaccine lottery for experimental covid injections.)
Vaccine lotteries have become a popular way to persuade people to get vaccinated. The headline on the program’s website isn’t even trying to hide its true purpose: “Get Vaccinated for Your Chance to Win the Grand Prize of $5,000,000!!!”
For five weeks starting in mid-June, the program will award $250,000 to winners in each of the state’s four health regions through a lottery. In early August, the state will award a grand prize of $5 million to a single winner. The program is being paid for with federal pandemic relief money.
The prize money offered by New Mexico would go far in the state that is one of the poorest in the country – ranking 48th in per capita income of around $45,800, according to the Department of Commerce‘s Bureau of Economic Analysis.