January 25, 2007
St. Louis Man Wins $50,000 Tax Paid
A St. Louis (63125)* man and his wife of nearly 59 years plan to take a trip after he won $50,000 tax paid** when his ticket matched all five numbers drawn to win the top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 Paydown game for the midday drawing on Jan.16. William McGrath, 83, purchased his winning ticket at Lemay Citgo, 1210 Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis.
"I check the numbers in the newspaper every day," McGrath said. "I saw the numbers 8, 15, 23, 32 and 44. I couldn’t believe it, so I took it down the road (to a retail location) and had the clerk run it through. She let out a yell and said, ’You won $50,000!’"
McGrath said he and his wife, Dorothy, have taken several trips since he retired from Union Electric, but they’re considering another trip after winning the prize. He used birthdays and lucky numbers to select his winning numbers. To date, 118 players have matched all five numbers drawn to win $50,000 tax paid in SHOW ME 5 Paydown since it began Nov. 6, 2000.
*Winner’s ZIP code is included to help media determine coverage area.
** 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.