For Christmas, Robert Bowlin of Platte City gave his wife the gift of a lifetime: a $2 million Missouri Lottery jackpot. Bowlin, 60, is one of two Lottery players who correctly matched all six numbers in the Dec. 2 Lotto drawing. The two ticket holders will split the $4 million Lotto jackpot evenly, each receiving $2 million before taxes. Bowlin used Quick Pick to select his winning numbers, which were: 12, 23, 25, 34, 40 and 42.
Bowlin, a retired operating engineer, discovered his good fortune on Dec. 3 while checking his tickets for winning numbers at MOLottery.com.
“After looking at the numbers several times, I finally figured out (that I won). It’s still a shock, and I don’t know if I believe it just yet,” laughed Bowlin, while claiming his jackpot prize on Dec. 29.
Other than a financial advisor and a CPA, nobody knew about Bowlin’s $2 million win until Christmas day when he shared the news with his wife.
“She thought I was messing with her. Then when she found out that I wasn’t messing with her, she was happy. I think she was almost sick to her stomach, it seemed,” recalled Bowlin.
Citing lingering shock over the win, the father of three and grandfather of two has yet to make any plans for the $2 million windfall, but he plans to continue playing the Lottery.
Bowlin purchased his winning ticket from Trex Mart 2, 15590 Highway 92, in Tracy. The retail location received a $2,500 selling bonus for selling one of the winning Lotto jackpot tickets for the Dec. 2 drawing.
Lotto is a twice-weekly Draw Game with jackpots that start at $1 million. The Lotto jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is currently $1.9 million. To date, there have been 234 jackpots awarded in Lotto, the longest-running Missouri Lottery Draw Game.