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Lucky man wins $500,000 after fiancee pestered him to buy lottery ticket while shopping

By Mason White 3:13 PM July 18, 2017
Melissa Cramer and Mark with $500,000 lottery jackpot
Melissa Cramer and Mark with $500,000 lottery jackpot
By: Alexis Bell

A man won a lottery jackpot thanks to the persistent requests made by his fiancee to buy some scratch off tickets, according to lottery officials in Michigan.

The annual camping trip made the Clinton County woman rich when she won $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky Streak game.

Melissa Cramer, 46, of Laingsburg, won the prize with a ticket bought at the Rivertown E-Z Mart, located at 912 South Main Street in Cheboygan.

“My fiance had left our campsite to pick up a few things, so I sent him a text and asked him to buy me some instant tickets,” said Cramer.

“He wrote me back and said he wasn’t going to because I always lose when he buys tickets for me.

“I sent him a text back that said ‘I will this time!’ So he stopped and bought me a few tickets.”

Cramer found the tickets laying on the counter of their camper later that evening, and scratched them off while everyone else was outside.

“When I scratched the ticket off, I thought I had done something wrong,” said Cramer.

“I called for my friend to come into the camper. When she saw what I’d won, we both started screaming and jumping up and down.

“My fiance Mark, came running inside to make sure we were ok.

“I’ve kept the ticket close by ever since winning. It was under my pillow while I slept and in my waterproof phone case when we were on the boat.”

Cramer visited the Michigan State Lottery headquarters on Thursday, to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new vehicle and then save the remainder.

“I’ve always wondered if people really win the lottery. Now, I know they do,” Cramer said.