Snowfall Dampens Mega Millions Ticket Sales

Heavy, wet snow in northeastern Wisconsin put a damper on some residents’ hopes of striking it rich in the Mega Millions lottery.

Several stores in Oconto and Marinette counties lost their satellite connections to the game Friday morning. Snow in their dishes cut off their signals from about 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. until the snow either melted or was cleared away.

It happened on the worst day possible, according to Kim McDonald, manager of Wagner Shell in Oconto.

McDonald said she had people wanting to buy $10 and $15 worth of tickets, and she couldn’t sell any until her son climbed onto the roof and cleared the dish.

Wisconsin Lottery spokesman Andrew Bohage didn’t know how many businesses were affected or the impact on sales.