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Catawba man wins $90,000 Badger 5 drawingSubmitted: 06/19/2018
PRICE COUNTY - A Price County man won a $90,000 Badger 5 jackpot earlier this month.

The Wisconsin Lottery reports Rudolph Scotch of Catawba successfully chose the winning numbers of 2, 13, 15, 29, and 30 for the June 14 drawing.  Scotch bought his winning ticket at Catawba Farm Supply on Highway 8.


Scotch has 180 days from the drawing to claim his winnings.

The Badger 5 jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until someone chooses the correct numbers.

The jackpot is estimated at $28,000 for Tuesday night's drawing.

Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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