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??