August 10, 1999
RUSHVILLE FAMILY SHARES $75,000 TAX PAID
A delivery man for the Kansas City Star is sharing his good fortune with two of his children after matching all five numbers on three SHOW ME 5 tickets purchased for Saturday night’s drawing, bringing him not one, not two, but three prizes of $25,000 tax paid* for a total winnings of $75,000. Pat J. Hegarty, 50, of Rushville said he decided to let his daughter, Kelli, 25, and his son, Patrick, 18, each claim one of the three tickets.
Hegarty purchased two of the winning tickets, which had the same combination of numbers, at Whiskey Rebellion in Rushville. Since he had some quarters in his pocket when he left Whiskey Rebellion, he decided to walk across the street to Fisca Oil Co. to buy a third ticket with the same set of numbers. The winning numbers, which are Hegarty’s five brothers’ and sisters’ birthdays, were: 3, 9, 13, 27 and 28.
Hegarty said his son will probably use his $25,000 tax-paid prize to help pay for his college education, and his daughter will also use the money to pay for previous college expenses. Hegarty will use his share to pay some bills and take a trip to Las Vegas.
"The last time I was away was in 1988, when I went to Las Vegas," he said. "It’s hard to find dependable subs for the route."
* 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.