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Wadena resident wins $1 million lottery prize


WADENA — Mike Snyder doesn’t know what prompted him to buy two lottery tickets on that day in November.

But he has a million reasons to be glad he did.

Snyder, 67, stood with his wife Lea, both wearing black sweatshirts with the word “winner” stitched on the front, at the Jefferson Street Holiday Station Tuesday as Minnesota Lottery officials presented them with a large check for $1 million.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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