PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Glendale man is $100,000 richer, and it may not have happened if it wasn't for his 13-year-old son.
Michael Bozner was presented with a check for $100,000 at Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria on Wednesday. It's the largest prize ever to be rewarded in the "FATWIN" sweepstakes, which the dealership and PERQ sponsor."I was shocked. Still kind of hard to believe it," said Bozner.
Bozner said he got a flyer in the mail about the sweepstakes, and his oldest son said they should go to the dealership to see if they won.
"I'm like, 'Let me tell you something, it's a sales gimmick. They always mail this stuff out and try to get you in. They want to sell you a new car,'" recalled Bozner. "So I figured, I'd teach him a lesson."
They came down to Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria and got the usual welcome from a salesperson. "He probably felt I was negative already," said Bozner. They then put the code in on the touch screen.
"Next thing you know, he's telling me I won $100,000, and I'm like, 'Yeah, OK. Whatever.' And now, the boys are all over the place. They're on their phones," said Bozner.
The dad was calm and collected. Everyone was excited. The family then went home. "As time went on, I was like, 'Did this really happen?'" Bozner said, laughing.
When asked when he felt like a winner, he had this response:"When we got the check."
Jay Carley, Jr., the general manager at Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, said he had been there for 31 years and had been doing those types of mailers for more than 50 years, and this was the first winner he'd ever seen.
"It was completely amazing, cuz the showroom went wild. Everybody came out, and I said, 'No he didn't!'" said Carley. "Then, right on the screen, it said $100,000, and that is so cool."
The dealership said he bought a new drag racing vehicle and paid off a few bills. Bozner also gave his sons a Christmas to remember, and he and his wife want to remodel their home bathroom. The prize will be paid out in five yearly installments of $20,000.