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When St. Paul Park resident Samantha Dittel, 18, opened up a graduation card from a family friend during her party in early August, she found a scratch off lottery ticket, which happened to be worth $10,000. (Submitted photo)

Grad party gift? A winning lottery ticket

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It's been a year since Samantha Dittel was in a terrible auto accident that left her with injuries and no car.

If she's riding in a friend's car and the driver takes chances, Dittel still gets anxious.


But a high school graduation gift seems to have turned around her run of bad luck.

Dittel, of St. Paul Park, was a Park High School student before transferring to St. Croix Central in Hammond, Wis., where she graduated.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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