November 2, 2000
SHOW ME 5 GAME CHANGES, PRIZES INCREASE
Starting Nov. 6, the Missouri Lottery’s daily SHOW ME 5 game will be enhanced to offer a bigger top prize, a "paydown" feature and better overall odds. The new game will be called "SHOW ME 5 Paydown."
The new changes include: a new top prize of $50,000 tax paid*; a paydown feature that, if the top prize is not won that night, the other prizes will more than double; a prize for matching two numbers; and overall odds of 1 in 10.97.
Instead of picking five numbers between 1 and 30, players will now pick five numbers between 1 and 44, or select Quick Pick to allow the terminal to pick five numbers for them. Each play still costs $1, and players can play up to 14 consecutive drawings at one time.
The top prize is still tax-paid, but if the top prize is not won the money is used to "paydown" and increase other prize levels from:
--$250 to $750 for the four-of-five prize;
--$10 to $25 for the three-of-five prize;
--Free ticket to $2 for the two-of-five prize.
"We’re excited about the changes," said Scott White, on-line product manager for the Missouri Lottery. "Even if the top prize is not won, winners at the other prize levels will benefit. It should make it more fun for everyone."
*The Missouri Lottery will pay 28 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 $73,529.41. 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.