2008-09-23 16:43:24.053

Hannibal Man Celebrates 18th Birthday with $2,000 Prize

Story Photo A Hannibal man had a very happy birthday after winning $2,000 on a Missouri Lottery "The Money Game" Scratchers ticket shortly after his 18th birthday.  Joey Berry, a first-time Lottery winner, was working at County Market, 202 Steamboat Bend in Hannibal, when he decided to purchase a "The Money Game" Scratchers ticket during his break on Sept. 19.

"I went into the bathroom on my break to scratch off the ticket.  I couldn’t believe it at first.  I was so excited," said Berry.

Berry’s actual birthday was on Aug. 26, but he said his recent Lottery win will help him celebrate turning 18. 

"I am going shopping today to get some new clothes," said Berry. 

"The Money Game," a $1 dollar game with a top prize of $5,000, officially began on July 19.

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