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JACKPOT WINNERS HAVE MODEST PLANS

For a guy who just won $1.5 million, Edward Kramer's ideas for buying some waterfront property are modest.

He's not thinking Caribbean. He's thinking Tonawanda Creek.

Kramer, a Corfu resident, was introduced Friday as the sole winner of the $3 million Aug. 29 Lotto drawing. He elected to take a lump-sum payment of $1,532,423 before taxes.

George J. Sequerth III of Olean was introduced as the winner of $1,000 a week for life in the Win for Life instant game.

Kramer, who bought his ticket at the Corfu IGA, said his mother was reading in the Batavia Daily News two days after the drawing that there had been a winner and recited the winning numbers: 10, 11, 21, 24, 33, 41.

"Those sound familiar," the low-key Kramer recalled saying.

The never-married Kramer, 52, said he plans to fix up and sell the non-working farm he lives on with his parents and build a four-bedroom ranch house somewhere on the water, so he can continue to indulge in his passion for fishing.

But he's thinking in terms of Tonawanda Creek or Indian Falls Lake. "Nothing major . . . I like seclusion," he said.

He spent 20 years in the Air Force with eight years on active duty, including a year in Vietnam, and 12 years in the Reserves. "I've been in 17 countries and 40 states so there's no place I want to go," he said.

He's been a Thruway Authority equipment operator for the past five years and plans to continue working.

Sequerth, 34, manages a building supply business in Olean and will receive quarterly payments of $13,000 minus taxes for the rest of his life.

"It will make life more comfortable," he said of his win. "I'll take a trip, pay some bills."

He lives with his son, Jeffrey, 17, who pronounced the windfall "excellent."

Under the lottery's Education Wins! program, $1,000 worth of computer equipment will go to Olean Senior High School and Clarence Center Elementary School. Whenever it awards a jackpot of $1 million or more, a drawing is held among the schools in the winner's home zip codes to award the equipment.

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