March 23, 1999
INDEPENDENCE RETIREE NABS $25,000
A retired Independence man may be singing "Viva Las Vegas" after winning $25,000 tax paid* in the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 drawing on Saturday. James William "Bill" Cross, 78, said he and his wife may take a trip to Las Vegas with the winnings.
Cross purchased his winning ticket at the Duke & Long Store, formerly Circle K, 14808 E. 40 Highway in Kansas City. He selected the Quick Pick option, which directs the computer to pick the number combination for him. The winning numbers were: 2, 3, 18, 20 and 23.
To date, 706 SHOW ME 5 players have won $25,000 tax paid since the game began in November 1994.
* Twenty-eight percent federal and 4 percent state taxes are withheld from the total prize amount of $36,764.70 to provide $25,000 cash at the time of redemption. Depending on personal income, winners may owe additional taxes for the prize, or they may receive a refund.