November 1, 2001
CENTRALIA COUPLE WIN $50,000 TAX PAID
A Centralia couple discovered their SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket from the Oct. 24 drawing is worth not just a few hundred dollars, but instead $50,000 tax paid.* When Larry Bloss checked his and his wife’s ticket in the Check-A-Ticket machine on Oct. 27 and it read, "You are a winner - see store clerk," he thought it would be worth a few hundred dollars. He was pleasantly surprised to find out from the clerk that his ticket was worth $50,000 tax paid.
Bloss, 57, who works for the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in Centralia, said he and his wife, Mary Ann, plan to use the money for their upcoming retirement. Mary Ann Bloss, 56, is employed at the University of Missouri - Columbia. They also plan to buy a "good computer" with some of the money, and they plan to take their five grandchildren on a "small shopping spree."
Bloss purchased the couple’s winning ticket at DC’s West, 204 W. Switzler in Centralia. He let the computer select the winning combination of numbers. They were: 16, 21, 22, 27 and 30.
* 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.