2000-03-21 11:06:45.91


A 49-year-old Quincy, Ill., woman now has a nest egg for retirement after winning $25,000 tax paid in the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 drawing on March 14. Carol Howell said it was only the second time she has ever played SHOW ME 5. "My brother had been winning at SHOW ME 5, so I thought I would play," said Howell, who works for an office supply store. Howell purchased her winning ticket at Ayerco in Taylor. She used her birthday, the number of children she has and their ages to pick her lucky combination. The winning numbers were: 2, 10, 12, 27 and 29. "I did a happy dance when I found out," Howell said. * 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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