2001-10-24 14:23:30.0


A St. Louis woman is $50,000 richer after matching all five numbers drawn in the Oct. 3 SHOW ME 5 Paydown drawing. Helena Boahen, 37, of St. Louis (63121**) said she plans to save most of her winnings for her two children’s educations. Boahen purchased her winning ticket at Smitty’s Cool Valley Amoco1790 S. Florissant in St. Louis. She selected her winning numbers at random. They were: 5, 6,19, 22 and 44. SHOW ME 5 Paydown, a daily game, began last November. It has a top prize of $50,000 tax paid along with a Paydown feature that, if the top prize is not won that night, the other prizes will more than double. The game also offers prizes for matching two, three and four numbers. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 10.97. * The Missouri Lottery will pay 28 percent federal and 4 percent state withholding taxes for the top prize based on it’s 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. ** winner’s zip code to help media determine coverage area

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