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.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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