2008-10-09 17:41:10.253

Illinois Man Wins $10,000 Prize

Story Photo A grinder from Barry, Ill., scratched his way to a $10,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery “Haunted Fortune” Scratchers ticket on Oct. 7.  John Whitaker, 44, purchased the winning ticket from Ayerco, 8800 Highway 24 in Taylor.

Whitaker, a first-time Lottery winner, said he wasn’t sure if he had really won the prize when he scratched off his ticket.

“I took the ticket back into the store and asked the clerk to scan it for me,” said Whitaker.  “I was shocked to hear that my ticket was a winner.”

When asked what he planned to do with his winnings, Whitaker noted that he was going to put his money away for the future.

“I am going to make a nice little nest egg for myself,” said Whitaker.

“Haunted Fortune,” a $2 game with a top prize of $20,000, officially began on Aug. 30. 

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