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Tejada's win gives family money toward new home

7/13/2004 - Miguel Tejada

HOUSTON -- Thanks to Miguel Tejada, Paula Bowen and her
family could soon be moving into a new townhome.

Tejada's victory in the Home Run Derby made Bowen the winner of
$250,000 towards the purchase of a new home, courtesy of event
sponsor Century 21.

Bowen, a stay-at-home mom in Renton, Wash., and her husband,
Joel, frequently enter contests. They've won many times, including
a vacation to Los Angeles over Memorial Day weekend.

That track record, plus a strong faith, led her to daydreaming
about how they'd spend their winnings.

"We were kind of looking at townhouses, just for the fun of
it," said Bowen, whose family includes children ages 2 and 14,
plus 17- and 18-year-olds who don't live at home.

More than 115,000 people entered the sweepstakes but only eight
made it to Houston. The finalists received airfare, hotel,
transportation and tickets for two, plus $250.

Joel Bowen joined his wife on the field for the final round and
could hardly contain his glee as Tejada, the shortstop for the
Baltimore Orioles, blasted his way past hometown favorite Lance
Berkman.

"Go! Get out! That's it!" Joel yelled, jumping up and down as
Tejada's winning shot went over the left-field fence.