Ma & Pa’s in Fond du Lac to remain open

Great news for those who head to “Miracle Mile” in Fond du Lac.

Earlier this week, the owner of Ma & Pa’s convenience store, 506 S. Main St., announced plans to close. The store, however, has been sold and will reopen under a new name.

Jeffery Korneli has bought the property and says he will reopen it as Korneli’s Main Street Express. Korneli already owns another convenience store in Fond du Lac. Officials have already approved Korneli’s licenses to sell soda and cigarettes. He is still waiting on a liquor license.

Read the rest:  Ma & Pa’s in Fond du Lac sold.

Miracle Mile to be featured

Fond du Lac’s Miracle Mile will be part of a telecast on TLC tonight.

The Miracle Mile in Fond du Lac and historic local lottery prizes will be featured twice tonight on The Learning Channel (TLC), Channel 48 on Charter cable.

The popular one-hour TLC program will air at 7 and 10 p.m., according to Laura Casey, who served as associate producer when the Fond du Lac segment was filmed July 7 to 10.

Filming focused on South Main Street, also known as the Miracle Mile, at Ma and Pa’s Grocery Express, other sites where major lottery prizes were won, and at Gilles Frozen Custard and the former Sentry Food Store site, where the main Fond du Lac Fire Station is now located.

A theme of the program revolves around “how the lottery changed my life.” (Source: FDL’s Miracle Mile – FDL Reporter)

For those that get cable via Time Warner it will be on channel 42.

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Interesting Draw

Coincidence or not this was an interesting occurrence in the Illinois lottery following the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President.

11/05/2008          Evening Pick 3      6-6-6

Powerball fever

So the Powerball jackpot is an estimated $275 million & Miracle Mile is in Fond du Lac.  It adds up to this

Ma & Pa’s Grocery Express in Fond du Lac is seeing plenty of traffic these days.

The famed hot spot along Fond du Lac’s Miracle Mile, 506 S. Main St., set a store record Wednesday in the number of lottery tickets sold in a single day as people packed the store in hopes of landing the winning $250 million Powerball ticket, said Phil Moses, co-owner of the store.

“Let’s just say that we sold more tickets than there are people in Fond du Lac,” said Moses, who didn’t want to disclose the exact number of tickets sold.

Ma & Pa’s is a popular place because of the number of winning lottery tickets purchased there. The last big winner came on New Year’s Day when a $1 million ticket was sold to a group of employees from Friar Tuck’s.

On Wednesday, as many as 86 people packed Ma & Pas at a time with customers traveling from as far away as Illinois, Indiana and Iowa just to purchase a ticket on the Miracle Mile. Traffic was also heavy Thursday.

At $1 per ticket, customers dropped big money at the store. A group from Plymouth bought $2,500 in tickets and a couple people came in requesting $500 worth of Powerball tickets, Moses said.

There was no jackpot winner Wednesday in the Powerball drawing. The $275 million jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is expected to draw in what Moses hopes to be record sales for Ma & Pa’s today and Saturday.

Moses said he plans on setting up a drive-up stand Saturday where people can pull in and buy a lottery ticket without getting out of their cars.

I went to get my ticket tonight.  I wish I had brought my digital camera as the parking lot and the surrounding side streets were packed.  It took 20 minutes to get our tickets.  And the Green Bay news crew from NBC-26 was there again.  In talking with people we found out that the line outside stretched for something like a block and a half earlier today for many hours.  People were pounding on the doors at 5 am this morning to purchase tickets. So it’s likely safe to say they sold more tickets than the population of Fond du Lac again (possibly double or triple). It’s been crazy all week as folks have been coming from places like Iowa and Northern Illinois just to buy tickets. 

Crazy.  I wonder what it will be like if no one wins tonight??