PIPE FITTER WINS $25,000 POCKET CHANGE FOR VACATION
After taking a break to read the morning paper, a Columbia pipe fitter emerged $25,000 richer. Marshall Murray, 61, was the winner of $25,000 tax paid* after discovering his ticket had matched the winning numbers for the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 drawing on Aug. 4.
"I went to my wife, turned the television down and told her we had won a big one," Murray said. "When she didn’t believe me, I handed her the winning ticket for her to check for herself."
Murray purchased his winning ticket at MPC, 101 E. Nifong in Columbia. The winning numbers were: 3, 8, 15, 22, 24. He let the computer select his winning numbers.
Murray plans to use his winnings to blacktop his driveway. The winnings also came at a convenient time.
"My family and I already planned a vacation to Las Vegas next week," Murray said. "I guess these winnings will come in handy."
*Twenty-eight percent federal tax 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.