Participating in this new census contest could win you $1600

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — It only takes six minutes and could earn you and every person in your household $1600.

The state of Alabama has created the “Census Bowl” challenge to encourage citizens to fill their census out.

The challenge targets the 39 counties with the lowest participation rate each week beginning Sept. 2 running until the end of the month.

Census coordinator Lori Wilcoxin believes this is a great way to reach families — especially people who tend to travel or stay in vacation homes.

“We wanna get the message out so that we can make sure that the people up on the lake will take the census for their second home or vacation home that will help the count a whole lot,” Wilcoxin said.

Each of the counties must work to have the biggest increase in the number of people filling out their census. Winners will move up into brackets until they make it to the final four.

Third place will earn $30,000, then $45,000 for second place. The winner will win the grand prize: $65,000.

Program chair Lori Beasly said it makes a difference.

With Henry County at 51 percent, their goal is to reach 90 percent.

At midnight Tuesday, the contest will officially begin and Wilcoxin urges everyone to fill it out.

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