January 23, 2008
St. Joseph Man Wins $50,000 Tax-Paid Lottery Prize
A St. Joseph man mistakenly received a SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket, but is happy he kept the ticket when it proved to be worth $50,000 tax paid.* Shane Harbin, 34, said that on his way to visit his parents on Jan. 12, he stopped by Trails End, 1303 W. U.S. Highway 136 in Rockport, to buy a Powerball ticket. The clerk mistakenly produced a SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket for that evening’s drawing instead. He decided to go ahead and purchase that ticket along with his Powerball ticket.
"I can’t let one of those get away," Harbin said about the mistaken ticket. "You never know if it was going to be a winner or not, so I’d rather spend a few more dollars to make sure."
Harbin, who works in nuclear power plant maintenance, said later that evening, he checked the Lottery’s Web site, Molottery.com, and saw that the numbers on his SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket matched the five numbers drawn. He let the computer Quick Pick his winning numbers. They were: 1, 4, 12, 15 and 36.
"I thought there had to be a mistake," Harbin said when he saw his numbers matched those drawn. "I ran back down to the truck stop to check it."
Harbin said he and his wife, Rema, plan to use their prize money to pay off some bills and maybe buy different vehicles.
To date, 1301 players have matched all five numbers drawn to win $50,000 tax paid in SHOW ME 5 Paydown since the game began on Nov. 6, 2000.
* 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, the winners will receive $50,000. If more than 14 tickets match the five winning numbers in a single drawing, $1 million will divided equally among the number of winning tickets.