JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A northwest Missouri man held on to a secret for three weeks to give his wife the Christmas surprise of a lifetime.
Robert Bowlin, of Platte City, won a Missouri Lotto jackpot in early December, splitting a $4 million prize with another person who correctly matched all six numbers.
Bowlin, a retired operating engineer, discovered he had won Dec. 3.
He notified a financial adviser and a CPA but otherwise didn’t tell anyone until Christmas, when he told his wife.
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He collected his winnings Dec. 29. The father of three and grandfather of two says he hasn’t made any plans for his winnings.
Bowlin bought his winning ticket from Trex Mart 2 in Tracy, which gets $2,500 for selling a winning ticket.