Issaquah woman looks forward to normal routine-with a lot of extras
Janette Bowe of Issaquah, Washington wants life to continue to be "as normal as possible, but with a lot of extras." Winning a $2.5 million Lotto Jackpot, could mean the "extras" will become a normal part of Bowe's life, too.
College education for Bowe's three children tops the list of extras. New automobiles, a new home, and a family trip to the Grand Canyon are also in the plans.
"We're a very close family, and we love to travel together," Bowe said.
Bowe, 44, chose the Annuity Option for her $2.5 million Lotto prize and collected the first of 25 annual payments today in the Lottery's Seattle office. Bowe took home her first check for $75,000 today, after 25-percent Federal withholding tax. Bowe says she and her husband will continue to work and applications for college scholarships will still be sent.
"Our kids need to see us working. We want this to be a blessing," Bowe said. "It is life changing, but we don't want ourselves or our children to take anything for granted. It's exciting because it opens up so many possibilities. The annuity option provides us an annual payment until we reach age 69 or 70, so it allows us to save for retirement. One of our daughters begins college next year. This will free up options there, too."
Bowe purchased her winning Lotto ticket at Hani's AM/PM in Bellevue, which will receive a Retailer Selling Bonus equal to 1-percent of the Jackpot amount ($25,000) for selling the winning ticket. Bowe's Lotto ticket matched all six winning Lotto numbers for the Lottery's Wednesday, December 17, drawing-5, 19, 22, 24, 29, and 43.