Jean Bowman of Apple Valley was shocked to say the least when he was notified that he had won a $2 million prize through the California Lottery’s Replay Program. In fact, some might even say he was angry.
“There are so many people out of work, and I’m lucky to be able to work every day,” said Bowman, who has been a school custodian for the past 16 years. “I thought it was a crank call. I thought it was too good to be true.”
It wasn’t long after that initial call, however, that Bowman realized that he had indeed won a $2 million prize off of a non-winning ticket. Bowman won his prize by entering a ticket code from the Lottery’s “$2 Million Extravaganza” Scratchers game. Under the terms of the game, his cash prize will be paid out over 25 years.
Bowman is a regular Lottery player, but says he started to play more frequently when two things happened: first, he subscribed to the theory that if you don’t play, you can’t win; second, he realized that Replay would increase his chances to win prizes.
As for his future plans, Bowman wants to “continue to stay level-headed” in spite of his new-found wealth. “I’m going to continue to work – I didn’t come from a rich family, so I’d like to use some of this money to help support my family,” he said. “I want to reach out when they need it and help take their worries away.”