Katie Limbacher was teaching a class at Broadneck High School when a representative from the Maryland Department of Health left her a voicemail to inform her that she had won a $40,000 prize in the $2 million VaxCash promotion. The Anne Arundel County school teacher and Broadneck alum listened to the message a little later in the day.
“I didn’t know whether to believe it or not,” said the 31-year-old Elkridge resident. “I called my husband to see what he thought about the message.”
Her husband, Jordan, was busy at work when Katie called, and told her that he didn’t have time to talk about it, all the while remaining skeptical about the phone call.
Katie’s mom lives near the high school, so after work, Katie stopped by to talk about the prize.
“My mom didn’t believe it either,” she said.
But Katie and Jordan did some more checking, and eventually they received the confirmation they needed: The good news was the real deal.
The $40,000 win in the June 4 drawing wasn’t the only exciting thing to happen to Katie during the past year. In September, Katie and Jordan got married, and earlier last summer, they got a new puppy.
The newlyweds plan to save most of the prize money to use toward a new house in a few years. They also would like to take a trip to Europe in the future.
Both Katie and Jordan feel strongly about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Everyone should get vaccinated,” said Katie.
Jordan added, “And not just for the chance to win $40,000. It will be nice to get back to normal life.”
“It’s about doing the right thing for others,” Katie said.
The VaxCash promotion, announced by Governor Larry Hogan on May 20, is a collaboration of the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health, aimed at incentivizing Marylanders who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccinations while rewarding those who have. All Maryland residents 18 and older who have received a COVID-19 shot at a non-federal facility in Maryland at any time are automatically entered into daily drawings being held from May 25 through July 4.
Each day through July 3, one winner will receive a $40,000 prize, and the promotion culminates on the Fourth of July when one winner will receive a $400,000 prize.