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Salem man wins 2 million dollars from the Ohio Lottery

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GIRARD, Ohio – Wednesday was a day like no other for John Cramer of Salem.

Cramer thought he was going to lunch with his daughter Ciera. He had no idea that she and the Ohio Lottery had cooked up a big surprise for him.

Shortly after his arrival at Kuzman's in Girard, a lottery representative surprised John with a check for two million dollars.

John knew he was a finalist for the top prize in the Happy Millionaire game, but he was told the drawing wouldn't be until Monday.

His family had to keep the secret for a week while helping the lottery plan Wednesday's big surprise.

John says he'll use the money primarily to help his four children. Two of his girls need to replace old cars and another daughter just had twins on Tuesday and is still in the hospital.

His wife Rose says she often complained about John spending money on lottery tickets, but she's happy for him now because the prize will help them take care of some things they need.

Ciera says family has always come first with her dad and she hopes he will do something for himself and her mom. John says they will take a trip to Florida.

John says he will take to prize money in yearly installments rather than a lump sum, and says he enjoys his job with a truck leasing company and will continue to work.

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