2002-05-07 14:00:33.0


Worrying about buying a SHOW ME 5 Paydown ticket with their favorite combination of numbers paid off for a St. Louis couple to the tune of $150,000 tax paid.* Lawrence "Larry" Pellin (63129**), 61, said he was going out of town during the first few days of May. Since he couldn’t remember if he had bought a ticket for the days he would have been gone, he asked his wife, Carol, 58, to buy one. Later when he was in a store, not knowing whether his wife had a chance to buy a ticket with the couple’s special numbers consisting of family birthdays, Pellin bought another ticket - just "to make sure." As it turned out, the couple held three winning SHOW ME 5 Paydown tickets for the April 30 drawing - and each turned out to be worth $50,000 tax paid. "We’ll probably put some (money) in the bank for our grandkids," said Pellin, a contractor, when he claimed his prize Monday. He also said they would use some of it for their upcoming retirement. Two of the Pellins’ winning tickets were purchased at QuikTrip, 3475 Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis. One ticket was purchased at Dierberg, 5640 Telegraph Road in St. Louis. The winning numbers from the April 30 drawing were: 3, 22, 23, 26 and 43. * The Missouri Lottery will pay 27 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 $72,463.76. 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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