Martin Brown always wanted to go to Ruth's Chris Steak House in Center City, but always had more prudent ways to spend his money.

However, thanks to Ryan Howard's fourth-inning home run last night, Brown can go ahead and make reservations.

Howard's blast off the leftfield foul pole made Brown, of Elkins Park, the latest $1,000 winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest.

First he'll get his car inspected, then fill it with gas and then head down to Ruth's Chris.

"I'll get a nice porterhouse steak, a baked potato with sour cream and chives, and a glass of wine, of course," Brown said chuckling. "I'll let them recommend a brand."

The Phils' recent offensive explosions have left several Daily News readers eating prime cuts lately. Brown was our third $1,000 winner over the last nine games and seventh of the season.

Six other contestants won Phillies Gift Packs last night. The list:

Frank Nettis, Philadelphia

Brian Flaherty, Philadelphia

Tim Young, Philadelphia

Arthur Esterling, Philadelphia

Dorothy Opitz, Philadelphia

Bonnie Gold, Philadelphia

The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batters fail to hit a home run receive a gift pack, which includes a variety of Phillies-related items.

This season, the Daily News has paid out $7,000. You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM). *