2000-05-31 10:57:36.06


Mark Belpulsi, 44, and his wife, Kerri, both of Ballwin, were "shocked" after they found out on Saturday morning that they had won $25,000* playing SHOW ME 5. Belpulsi, a maintenance supervisor for the city of Manchester, had purchased his ticket using "Quick Pick" at 7-Eleven, 14560 Manchester Road in Winchester. Belpulsi buys a ticket every day, and his devotion has rewarded him several times in the past. Several years ago, he participated in the Missouri Lottery’s Fun & Fortune game show and won $11,568. Belpulsi and his wife have two young children. They plan on spending "half of their money" on a recently purchased van. As of now, they are not certain where they will spend the remaining half. The SHOW ME 5 winning numbers for Friday night were: 2, 4, 5, 13, and 15. * 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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