2010-11-02 09:30:41.81

Imperial Couple Make 'Crossword' Cash; Second Missouri Lottery Win

Story Photo audio icon A day of running errands led an Imperial couple to a $50,000 Missouri Lottery prize, their second big win on a Scratchers game.  Janet and Wilbert Berry were grocery shopping with their daughter when they decided to purchase a few Scratchers tickets on their way home. 

The family stopped at Philips MPC, 5209 Warren Road, in Imperial.  Janet planned on buying two “Mega MONOPOLY™” Scratchers tickets.  She noted that it was her favorite game, because “about 10 years ago we won $20,000 on a ‘MONOPOLY™’ (ticket).”  Fate had other plans for the Berrys.

“I asked for a different one (game), and they were out of it, so I said, ‘Just give me two ‘Crosswords,’” she recalled.
Minutes later, Janet began scratching off the ticket that she almost didn’t purchase at her home.

“They unloaded the groceries, and I sat down at the dining room table to scratch it off,” she explained.  “One word came up and then another and another.  I thought, ‘Oh, this can’t be right,’ but it was!”

Janet showed the $50,000 winning ticket to her husband and daughter, and “they couldn’t believe it!”  The mother of four and grandmother of 13 called her other children to share the news, who also “didn’t believe it.”

“I had to take a picture on my cell phone and send it to their cell phones,” she said.
Janet was “up half the night” thinking about the win.  When she finally got to sleep, she admitted that when she woke up, she thought she had “dreamt it all.” 
The Berrys plan to use the windfall to pay bills and “put the rest away for a rainy day.”
As for winning a top prize on a ticket she originally didn’t intend on buying, Janet laughed and added, “I’m so glad they were out (of the ticket)!”
“I’m just a really happy person today!” she exclaimed.

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Aug. 28.

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