North Bergen resident won $500 for completing 2020 Census in North Bergen

Alan Lemmon won the prize after the drawing on May 15

North Bergen has come up with a clever way to entice residents to complete the 2020 Census: prizes worth hundreds of dollars.

Residents who completed the 2020 Census could enter a drawing for a $500 prize.

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The first winner of the North Bergen Free Public Library’s 2020 Census drawing has been announced. The lucky resident is Alan Lemmon, according to the township.

Lemmon’s name was picked at random on May 15, indicating he will receive a $500 gift card simply for filling out the census online.

Not over ’til it’s over

While Lemmon may have won the first prize, the contest’s not over yet. The first round was so popular that the library has decided to run a second drawing.

All residents now have a chance to win valuable prizes, including another $500 gift card. The second drawing will take place when the 2020 Census closes later this year.

The township is also encouraging residents to enter the drawing sooner than later, as this time there will be lots of other prizes given out over the coming weeks to randomly selected winners.

The sooner you enter, the more prizes you have a chance to win.

To enter a name in the drawing, residents can fill out the census online and send their confirmation number or a screenshot to

“It’s quick and easy to participate. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected,” according to a statement by the township.

North Bergen also reminded residents that by entering the drawing, they are helping to shape North Bergen’s future. Responses to the 2020 Census will ultimately determine how much federal funding is allocated to the township for critical public services like healthcare, schools, roads, and other resources.

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