Beaver Bay Retailer Loves Serving Lottery Players
Beaver Bay is a quintessential small town located along the picturesque North Shore of Lake Superior just miles from some of the area’s most popular tourist attractions, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, and Tettegouche State Park.
Along Main Street in downtown Beaver Bay, you’ll find a few quaint cafes and restaurants, which serve freshly caught fish from Lake Superior, an agate shop, gift shops and Delvac Brothers, Inc.—a family-owned convenience store that’s a popular pit stop for locals and tourists alike.
Wade LeBlanc is the current owner of the family-operated North Shore Oil and Propane, a business he took over from his parents in the 1990s, which includes a number of convenience stores along the North Shore, including Delvac Brothers, Inc. “I’m third generation so it’s all I know,” he said. Wade says they place an importance on being active in the community and making sure they cater to their customers.
Delvac Brothers, Inc. offers all of the regular amenities of a typical convenience store like gas, pop, frozen pizzas, candy and of course lottery tickets, but they also have a few unique offerings to their product lineup.
“We are the only place north of Two Harbors that has an automatic car wash,” said store manager Lyn Singleton. “We are also the only place within 20 miles that sells diesel gasoline,” a draw for boaters, snowmobilers, and people who drive classic cars.
But what really sets them apart from the average C-store is their bicycle rental service. They have six bicycles available for rent so their customers can enjoy the popular Gitchi Gami State Trail which is steps away from the C-store. “It’s a really nice bike path,” said Lynn. “The bikes are really popular because so many visitors don’t realize we have a really nice bike system here.”
Lyn says one of the things she loves most about her job is selling lottery tickets. “I love seeing the reaction on customers’ faces,” she said. “They come in and ask if I’m going to sell them a winner today. Or else, they come in and say, ‘You didn’t sell me a winner!’ But the best part is I’ve had more hugs from people for selling them winning lottery tickets. It’s pretty funny!”
Lyn’s most memorable moment was when a regular customer came in and told them they sold him a $50,000 winning scratch ticket. “The look on his face was great,” she recalled. “He gave me a $200 tip and $50 lottery ticket for being the manager and he gave the young man who sold him the winning ticket a $500 tip plus a $50 ticket.
“I find people who play the lottery … they appreciate it. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone who doesn’t tip in some way or another.”
“Selling the lottery makes it fun,” Lyn added. “It’s fun to watch people hoping that they are going to be the next millionaire!”