2003-04-28 09:44:10.0


Story Photo Robert Waters, Huntsville, said he was upset when he realized that someone had won the top prize in SHOW ME 5 Paydown on April 21 because that decreased his prize in a lower category.   That is, until he realized he was the big winner.  Waters, 62, won the $50,000 tax-paid* top prize with a ticket he purchased at Prenger Foods, Junction C and Highway 24 in Huntsville.

Waters said he stopped by Prenger Foods to buy some groceries when he decided to purchase a SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket.   He played his regular five numbers and then purchased a computer-picked play, as well.  The next day, when he checked the winning numbers, he recognized four of the winning numbers as his usual numbers, and he then saw that there was a top winner, which lowered his prize from $750 to $250.

“I was mad at first,” he said.   “That top winner lowered my prize, and that didn’t make me happy.”

Waters said he was upset until he checked his ticket and saw that he was the top winner.   His Quick Pick play matched all five numbers drawn.  The winning numbers were: 10, 17, 26, 29 and 38. 

To date, 53 players have matched all five numbers drawn to win $50,000 tax paid in SHOW ME 5 Paydown since the game began Nov. 6, 2000.

*  The Missouri Lottery will pay 27 percent federal and 4 percent state withholding taxes for the top prize based on it’s value.  Depending on personal income, winners may owe additional taxes for the prize, or they may be entitled to a refund.  Total value of the top prize is $72,463.76.  After withholding, winners will receive $50,000.   If more than 14 players match the five winning numbers in a single drawing, $1 million will be divided equally among the number of winning tickets.

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