1999-01-19 11:49:56.743


A 52-year-old Annada man is $25,000 richer after matching all five numbers drawn in Friday night’s SHOW ME 5 drawing. Dennis Watts claimed his tax-paid prize at the Missouri Lottery’s St. Louis office today. Watts, who works as a shipping clerk in St. Peters, said he plans to use the windfall to pay bills, including the loan on his truck. Watts purchased his winning ticket Friday afternoon, when he stopped by BJ’s One Stop, 110 N. Main St. in Elsberry to wash his truck. He let the computer select his lucky numbers. The winning numbers were: 3, 17, 18, 26 and 29. To date, 690 SHOW ME 5 players have won $25,000 tax paid* since that 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.

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