“I checked the fourth ticket and I saw the ‘4’ and then the next number and the next number and the next number. I’m like, ‘Wow!’ It was just crazy.”
Dowe ended up matching all five white balls — beating the 1 in 12.6 million odds — to win the $1 million prize. It was doubled to $2 million when the 2X Megaplier was drawn.
“I went and showed my dad and my mom and everybody was happy,” he said in the statement.
Dowe claimed his prize Monday and took home $1.4 million, after state and federal tax withholdings.
Dowe plans to spent the money on some repairs at his parents’ house, to pay off his niece’s car and to buffer his savings, he said, according to the statement.
He’ll also get his own new car fixed, he said — and pay it off.