1999-08-17 11:26:08.667


A Hillsdale man may not have caught a lot of fish, but he snagged $25,000 tax paid* with a SHOW ME 5 ticket he bought before a fishing trip last Friday. Ira Smith, 45, said he bought the tickets at Mobil Mart in Olivette before going fishing. On Monday, he took the tickets out of his glove compartment only to discover one was worth the $25,000 top prize. Smith, an engineer for Monsanto in St. Louis, said he plans to put the money in the bank for now. He picked the winning numbers - 1, 4, 5, 10 and 23 - at random. To date, 766 tickets worth $25,000 tax paid have been sold since the 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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