2000-01-31 11:14:26.453


An Imperial woman can go house hunting after winning $25,000 tax paid* in the Missouri Lottery’s SHOW ME 5 drawing on Jan. 24. Deborah "Debbie" Colombo, 39, said she and her husband, Mike, may also use some of the winnings to pay off credit cards. Colombo purchased her winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 4039 Jeffco Blvd. in Arnold, while her husband was putting gas in their car. She let the computer pick two of the combinations on her $3 ticket, and she selected one of the combinations. The winning combination - 1, 11, 17, 18 and 26 - was one the computer selected. Colombo is employed as a warranty clerk for Don Brown Chevrolet in St. Louis. * 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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