Howard County resident, newly-wed wins $40,000 in VaxCash vaccine lottery

A recently married teacher from Elkridge is set to get $40,000 from Maryland’s VaxCash lottery, according to Maryland Lottery officials.

Katie Limbacher, 31, was selected by the Maryland Lottery’s random number generator. The $2 million promotion is a partnership with the state’s Department of Health to incentivize coronavirus vaccinations.


Limbacher, who teaches at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County, told the Maryland Lottery she and her husband, who married in September, were skeptical after she got the voicemail informing her of her prize while instructing a class.

“My mom didn’t believe it either,” Limbacher told lottery officials.


The newlyweds plan to save most of the prize money to buy a new house and take a trip to Europe, according to a news release.

There will be 15 more daily drawings worth $40,000 leading up to a Fourth of July jackpot worth $400,000. Residents in Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City are among the winners so far, according to lottery officials.

Vaccinated people under 18 and Maryland residents who got shots at a federal entity or outside the state are not eligible for the lottery pool. A person needs only have one shot to be entered into the pool and their random number is not entered twice if they got both doses, the rules say.

On the first day, the winner had roughly a one in 100,000 chance of winning. By day 40, each participant should have an approximately 2.5 in 10 million chance, depending on the vaccination rate.