2001-02-21 09:25:35.087


A St. Louis mail carrier picked up a $50,000* prize after she matched all five numbers in the Feb. 8 SHOW ME 5 Paydown drawing. Colleen Derby, 45, of St. Louis (63129**) said the windfall will make her retirement fund "look good." Derby purchased her $1 winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 6850 Gravois in St. Louis. She said that since she works nearby, she stops in every day. Derby let the computer pick the winning numbers. They were: 4, 7, 22, 25 and 26. In addition to padding her retirement fund, Derby said she plans to use the money to take a trip to Australia, a place she has always wanted to visit. SHOW ME 5 Paydown, a daily game, began Nov. 6 with a new 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 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. ** zip code for media to determine coverage area

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