Healthcare Worker Claims $40,000 VaxCash Prize

Healthcare worker Kimberli Joyner was the $40,000 winner in the June 27 VaxCash drawing.

Anne Arundel County nursing assistant won prize in June 27 drawing

A Brooklyn healthcare worker who loves her job is the latest winner to claim a $40,000 prize from the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion. Kimberli Joyner and her husband Leon visited Lottery headquarters on June 30.

When asked if she was still in shock over the win, Kimberli said, “I’m not really in shock, but I keep thinking about how much this prize will help.”

The 60-year-old certified nursing assistant/medication technician worked throughout the pandemic, adding that she has worked seven days a week for the past seven years and “enjoys every minute of it.”

“I just love taking care of people,” she said. “I really just love what I do.”

With the prize, Kimberli plans to pay bills, do some home improvements and share with her three kids and three grandkids.

The winner, along with her husband of 40 years, has some strong opinions about vaccinations.

“Go out and get the vaccine,” Kimberli said. “It could save your life and save someone else’s life.”

“And, it’s been great being able to spend time with family again,” Leon added.

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. Beginning with the June 27 drawing, any Maryland resident 18 or older who was vaccinated at a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility located in Maryland is also eligible.

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.