2004-06-16 15:19:19.0

Caulfield Woman Wins $50,000 Tax Paid Playing Birthdays

Story Photo A cashier from Caulfield may no longer work so many hours after she won $50,000 tax-paid* in the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 Paydown game on June 4. Joan Swafford, 66, said she may quit working or at least cut back on her hours now that she has the prize money. Swafford purchased her winning ticket at Jarvis Station & Grocery in Caulfield. She used a combination of her birthday and a friend’s birthday to select the winning numbers. They were: 4, 8, 18, 32 and 37. Swafford, a cashier at Fas Serv in West Plains, said she found out that she won a prize on June 4, but she thought the prize was $5,000. On Saturday morning, she checked the Lottery’s Web site and realized she won $50,000 tax-paid ? a prize worth more than $70,000. "I might buy a car," she said. "Right now I drive a ’99 Ford." To date, 75 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 its 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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