RHINELANDER - A trip to the grocery store made a Rhinelander woman much wealthier today.
The Rhinelander Trig's sold a Badger 5 ticket worth $293,000 yesterday.
The winner came in to verify the ticket this morning.
Customer service clerk Patti Pazera gets $50,000 winners occasionally, but this was a first.
"Her husband told her they had the winning numbers, and she didn't quite believe it, so she brought it in," Pazera said. "We're moving from one customer service center to the other right now, so we were down on our lottery, but we did have the tickets ran and she was able to verify that she was a winner."
Pazera pushes Badger 5 tickets over others because they're only sold in Wisconsin.
She said that gives lottery players better odds, but she's never seen the jackpot go this high for Badger 5.
"It's always exciting whenever we sell big tickets," Pazera said. "We always have people come in and say, 'It's always Milwaukee, it's always Madison, they never win in the Northwoods.' So now we can finally say 'Yes, they do!'"
We don't know who the winner is yet, but she and her husband have about six months to get to Madison and claim the prize.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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