Lottery Luck

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

March 26, 2014

 Aimee Kluever checks a lottery ticket Tuesday at Geidel’s Piggly Wiggly in Kewaskum. Kluever sold a winning ticket for $35,000 during the Christmas season of 2012. The Badger 5 winner came back and gave Kluever money as a thank you. Kluever said that was something she did not expect, but she was very thankful.
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There’s been some luck in the Wisconsin Lottery around Washington County as of late, including a $250,000 prize a Slinger man won on a scratch-off.

Scott Wuerch won the top prize of $250,000 on a $20 “Silver and Gold” ticket. According to the Wisconsin Lottery website, the odds of winning the top prize is 312,000 to one.

Wuerch bought the ticket at Petro Quick Mart, 1502 E. Sumner St., in Hartford. Sales associate Savannah Pankow said it’s the largest winning ticket ever sold at the station. He redeemed the prize in early March.

All Dianna Czarapata of Kewaskum had to do was spend $3 on a scratch-off ticket called “Double Shot Crossword” to win the top prize of $30,000. She also redeemed her ticket this month. According to the Wisconsin Lottery, the odds of winning the top prize is 720,000 to one. Czarapata bought her ticket at Geidel’s Piggly Wiggly in Kewaskum.

“Most definitely it’s exciting,” store Manager Aaron Laatsch said.

He said it’s the largest winning scratch-off that’s been claimed at the store.

Jennifer Western, assistant deputy secretary for the state Department of Revenue, said Piggly Wiggly will get $600 and the Petro Quick Mart will get $5,000 for selling the tickets.

Czarapata and Wuerch aren’t the only lottery winners in the county lately. There have been 18 big winners in Washington County this year, according to the Wisconsin Lottery website. The tickets were sold in Hartford, West Bend, Kewaskum, Jackson, Hubertus and Germantown. Most of the winnings were hundreds, but a West Bend and an Allenton resident each won $10,000 in February and a Hartford resident won $6,500 in March. 

Wuerch and Czarapata could not be reached for comment Tuesday.