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$1M Wisconsin lottery ticket sold on 'Miracle Mile'

Wisconsin LotteryWisconsin Lottery: $1M Wisconsin lottery ticket sold on 'Miracle Mile'

On New Year's Day, Phil Moses was atop a ladder, putting some big news up on the marquis outside Ma & Pa's Grocery Express in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Another winning $1 million lottery ticket was sold at the legendary little store located at 506 S. Main St., along a strip dubbed "The Miracle Mile."

"I don't want to sound arrogant, " Phil quipped, "but I seriously don't understand why people buy lottery tickets at any other location."

A $100,000 winning ticket was also sold at Pick 'n Save, 55 W. Pioneer Road. Both tickets purchased were offered in the Wisconsin Lottery's Holiday Millions Raffle game. The winning $1 million ticket number was 300142.

Both stores are waiting for the winners to come forward.

"As far as I can tell, the ticket had to be sold within the last two days," said Gena Moses Singleton, sister to Phil, both of them employees and children of Ma & Pa co-owners Pat and Jim Moses.

Wisconsin Lottery Director of Operations Andrew Bohage said the store has a cache of luck associated with it.

"It's true that in the lottery industry, in general, those who sell the most tickets tend to have more big winners," he said shortly after drawing the winners on Tuesday.

Ma & Pa's sold a $6.5 million Megabucks ticket in May 1994 and a $208.6 million Powerball ticket in August 2006. Since 1994 the "mom and pop" store has sold other winning lottery tickets that total over $1.2 million.

"We are good people, that's why this is happening," Pat Moses said. "It's unbelievable. After the shock wears off, we're checking our tickets. We had pools here, too."

The Lottery drew 511 winning Holiday Millions Raffle ticket numbers from the 368,477 tickets sold. Ma & Pa's sold the top prize ticket. Winning numbers are available right now at http://www.lotterypost.com/specialresults/wi-lottery-raffle-2008-01-01.asp.

Phil said the store will receive a $100,000 commission from Wisconsin Lottery. With the commission from the $208.6 million win in 2006 they put in new gas pumps and took a cruise on Lake Winnebago.

Ma & Pa's employee Jay Myrechuck, left, and manager Phil Moses change their marquee Tuesday at the convenience store on Main Street in Fond du Lac.

The Reporter

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Posted: January 2, 2008, 3:46 pm - IP Logged

Let's hope that my "miracle" happens today! Congrats to the person who brought that winning ticket.

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    Posted: January 2, 2008, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

    that has got to be the luckiest stretch of road in america

    Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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      Posted: January 2, 2008, 9:43 pm - IP Logged

      I had two tickets in the WI raffle but they were from the Milwaukee area and Appleton area.  I struck out.  I know people who drive to or through WI all the time.  Next time I'll ask them to stop in Fond du Lac!

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        Posted: January 2, 2008, 9:55 pm - IP Logged

        Font du What? sounds like I'd need a passport to get in there... also kind of a long ride from nj. The Mega was won 6 mi. from here. Very weird how there is not a peep about that winner not coming forward yet. Hmmm... what if I say I lost the ticket in the parking lot (even though I was never there before). Even if that backfires I could pursue a career as a professional boxer!

        Again.. these raffles are done in sequence. It was nothing to do with location, it has everything to do with timing. If ticket #14767 from ELE7VEN wins the million, it is only because ticket #14766 got sold a few minutes previous to it on the other side of the State.

        Of course not to mention it's entirely computer-generated.

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          Posted: January 2, 2008, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

          Font du What? sounds like I'd need a passport to get in there... also kind of a long ride from nj. The Mega was won 6 mi. from here. Very weird how there is not a peep about that winner not coming forward yet. Hmmm... what if I say I lost the ticket in the parking lot (even though I was never there before). Even if that backfires I could pursue a career as a professional boxer!

          Again.. these raffles are done in sequence. It was nothing to do with location, it has everything to do with timing. If ticket #14767 from ELE7VEN wins the million, it is only because ticket #14766 got sold a few minutes previous to it on the other side of the State.

          Of course not to mention it's entirely computer-generated.

          ROTFLMAO!!!!!LOL

          Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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            Posted: January 3, 2008, 1:53 am - IP Logged

            that has got to be the luckiest stretch of road in america

            I bet that store tends to sell a lot of lottery tickets.

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              chicago
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              Posted: January 4, 2008, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

              Interesting that this raffle didnt sell out.  The raffle craze will soon be no more, even PA had a hard time selling them out. And Michigan took a lot longer than usual.  The bottom line is these things are still nothing but 50% payback lotteries that on a dollar for dollar basis are nothing better than regular state lotteries.  The spin they put on them for saying best odds to win a million is quite comical. I actually prefer raffles that offer high prizes than lotteries that offer so many small prizes ( the states just want those to be thrown back into the game)  But these will die out when people realize they are just not winning.

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                Posted: January 4, 2008, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

                The raffle also didn't sell out last year in WI.