2004-02-23 14:56:34.0

Springfield Salesman Wins $50,000 Tax Paid

Story Photo A Springfield salesman might do a little investing and a lot of spending after finding out his SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket for the Feb. 14 drawing was worth $50,000 tax paid.* Steven "Steve" Johnson, 51, said he plans to invest "a little bit" of the prize money, but he plans to spend most of it. "Once every year or two, we take a trip to Florida," said Johnson, who works in inside sales at Harry Cooper Supply in Springfield. "We might use some (money) for that." Johnson discovered he’d won the tax-paid prize when he checked his numbers with those posted on the Lottery’s Web site, He said he only bought $1 worth of SHOW ME 5 Paydown tickets for the Feb. 14 drawing when he was at Osco Drug, 1735 S. Glenstone in Springfield. He picked his lucky numbers several months ago, by looking back at past winning numbers. The winning numbers were: 4, 11, 17, 29 and 35. To date, 70 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 25 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 $70,422.55. 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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