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Lottery winners Gene and Julie Kolasinksi hold the $147,000 check -- their prize for the Badger 5 lottery . Gene bought the winning ticket at the River Falls Bob and Steve's BP Amoco, which now features a sign indicating the big win. Jillian Dexheimer photo

Aug. 10, 2012: Cha-ching! Local couple gets right numbers

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He couldn't believe his eyes, so Town of Troy resident Gene Kolasinski yelled for his wife of 24 years, Julie.

"I thought he was having a heart attack," she admitted.


As Julie entered the room, Gene, a River Falls Utilities retiree, thrust something into her hand. He asked her to look at the computer screen.

When she realized what she was looking at, she looked at Gene, who was at this point shaking.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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