CHAMBERINO – A resident of Chamberino is one of the first winners of the Vax 2 the Max contest of the June 18 draw, the first winner from the southwest region of the state.
Taylor Brooke Provencio, 23, was hesitant when she received the call Tuesday afternoon from the New Mexico Department of Health. She said she thought it was a scam at first.
“I was very unsure because I know scams very well. I thought it was wrong. I had to ask them: ‘are you sure it’s legitimate? Is it a scam, is it a joke? ‘ She said.
But she confirmed to the ministry that it was “legitimate”.
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Provencio is a 2020 New Mexico State University graduate, born in Las Cruces, and raised on her family’s farm in Chamberino. She recently accepted a position at Gadsden High School as a Senior Farm Educator and Consultant to Future Farmers of America.
She is also a caregiver for her older sister who is mentally disabled and for this reason she was able to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in January.
New Mexicans eligible for the raffle must have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. The program encourages people to get vaccinated, reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Provencio, a native of Chamberino, was in Santa Fe on Tuesday as a house sitter and was invited to the New Mexico State Capitol, the Roundhouse, to receive her check. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham personally presented him with the oversized check for $ 250,000.
“She was very excited,” Provencio said of Lujan Grisham. “I was still in shock.”
Provencio said she did not have specific plans for the money, but she did mention setting up her agricultural education program and giving back to the community. As for the vaccine, she said she encourages people who are suspicious of it to do their research and trust scientists who she says know more about COVID-19 than the general public. Vaccines are “there to help us, not to hold us back,” Provencio said.
“I encourage people to get vaccinated, it’s so important to the public. And for those of you who win: do good, be good, ”she added.
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The next draw for Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes will take place on Friday, July 2. Once the New Mexico Lottery Authority has completed the draws, the DOH will verify that the winners meet the criteria and contact them by call, text and email. New Mexicans who entered the draw but did not win in the first week are automatically entered into subsequent draws.
Four more draws will be held for the prize of $ 250,000 – awarded to one person from each of the four regions, for a total of $ 1 million each week. In early August, there will be another draw for the state grand prize of $ 5 million, paid to a lucky New Mexican.
Enter the raffle online at vax2themaxnm.org and register for the vaccine at vaccinenm.org.