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Powerball Store Is No Winner

It wasn't too long ago that the Lakeside Country Store was the center of national attention. Today, it still attracts a lot of people from outside of Pell Lake.

Since the winning $195 million Powerball ticket was bought from this store, business has gone up but so has the frustration level.

"People aren't very kind about things that they say. Some are rude, not all, but it's happened a fair number of times," said store owner Pat Penio.

Since the big day, Penio says many people assumed they got a kickback for selling the winning ticket. That happens in some states, but not here in Wisconsin, and that's where the trouble begins.

"There have been a lot of people stealing things. We caught some men stealing sunglasses, and they say we can afford it. Someone stole a case of beer," Penio said.

One customer even screamed at Penio's husband over the purchase of a fishing license.

"He wanted my husband to sell him a resident fishing license when in fact he lived out of state. And his final comment, as he was screaming in the store, was that we could afford it, that it was only a $1,000 fine," she said.

Through all the frustration, the 16-hour days, and the steady stream of Powerball ticket buyers, the owners of this mom and pop store are actually considering giving up the lottery business.

"It's been a bit frustrating," Penio said.

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