2000-08-14 10:42:56.857


A lottery ticket worth more than $25,000 in cash has been riding around on the dashboard of a flatbed truck since June 14 - the day the owner tossed it there. George Loyd, 61, of Tulsa, Okla., bought the Missouri Lottery SHOW ME 5 tickets for himself, his son and eight others during a trek through Missouri in June; he didn’t check the ticket at a Missouri Lottery check-a-ticket machine until Aug. 12. "I buy $100 every time I go out (on a truck driving job)," he told Missouri Lottery officials today, when he claimed his prize in the Lottery’s Springfield office. He said he usually goes out about once a week, and the type of tickets he buys depends on what state he is headed. Loyd bought the group’s tickets at Oasis Truck Plaza, Interstate 44 and Highway 133 in Richland. Loyd let the computer pick the winning numbers on the top-prize combination. Those numbers were: 13, 14, 19, 24 and 30. In addition to one combination matching all five numbers drawn to win $25,000 tax paid,* the tickets also held winning numbers that added another $130 to the winnings. Loyd said he plans to spend his share of the winnings, probably visiting his only son, who lives in California and is one of the nine others who are sharing the prize. * 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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