2005-09-20 16:09:39.0

Springfield Retiree Adds $50,000 Tax Paid To Nest Egg

Story Photo A retired United States postal service employee has an extra $50,000 tax paid* to add to his retirement account after he matched all five numbers drawn in the July 31 SHOW ME 5 Paydown drawing. Richard "Rich" Hawk, 65, said he won the prize just a couple of weeks before retiring from his position as a distribution clerk for the Springfield post office. "I’ll invest it for retirement," said Hawk, who is also retired from the United States Navy. Hawk purchased his winning ticket at Price Cutter Plus, 4228 S. National in Springfield. He let the computer select his lucky numbers. They were: 10, 18, 20, 33 and 34. To date, 92 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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