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Wadena man wins $1 million in Minnesota Lottery game

Michael and Lea Snyder

This was the fourth year that Mike Snyder of Wadena played the Lottery's Minnesota Millionaire Raffle game.

Usually he purchases one ticket; this year he decided to purchase two tickets. That was a very lucky decision because the second ticket ended up being worth $1 million.

"I always buy a ticket because I figure my chance is as good as anybody else's," said Snyder. "I never dreamed of winning $1 million. I thought if I won one of those smaller prizes, that would be great."

Holiday, located at 101 Jefferson St. N. in Wadena, sold the winning ticket. Holiday Companies received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The other $1 million prize from the Jan. 1 Raffle drawing, sold in Steele County, has not yet been claimed.

Trina Cooper of Inver Grove Heights and Jim Schellberg of Rosemount claimed $100,000 Raffle prizes.

There are still three $100,000 Raffle prizes remaining to be claimed. Those winning tickets were purchased in Hennepin (two) and Mille Lacs counties.

Minnesota Millionaire Raffle players have until Jan. 2, 2013 to claim prizes from the Jan. 1, 2012 drawing.

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2 billion for state programs.

The General Fund has received over $1.2 billion to help fund important functions such as education, public safety and health and human services.

More than $800 million has funded critical environmental programs.