LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico State’s new program offering students the chance to win a lot of money if they attend football games was a dud.
NMSU announced it would offer cash prizes to students who attend football games and stay through the entire game.
Saturday night's game against San Diego State University was the first night of the new program - and student attendance was down quite a bit.
No one won the grand prize of $2,000, because the student whose name was called – sophomore Matt Zajac – wasn’t there.
Zajac, 26, is an Iraq war veteran and double amputee.
His legs were blown off by a bomb in Bagdhad.
His father recently passed away – leaving Zajac to take care of his grandmother.
"There's no way I would of been able to make it to the game anyway,” he said. “I was taking care of my grandmother. She's 87.”
Since he wasn't there, he doesn't get the $2,000 and neither does anyone else.
The school draws from a list of all students’ names – not just those in attendance.
While some say Zajac should get the money, he takes it in stride.
“It would have been nice to have the money. That’s for sure,” he said. “But I'm sure there's people that need it more than I do.”
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