Huron County, Michigan (WJRT)-A Caseville man won the club’s Keno Grand Prix, but never had a chance to cash in the winning lottery ticket.
On Friday morning, the body of 57-year-old Gregory Jarvis was found on a private beach in Saginaw Bay.
The autopsy confirmed that he was drowned, but the police were worried after they found a winning ticket in his wallet.
Jarvis tried to honor the ticket before he died, but he didn’t have an intact Social Security card.
He applied for another one, but before the mail arrived, he was found dead on that private beach.
“Very nice guy, he’s here every day,” said Dawn Talaski, owner of Blue Water Inn.
Jarvis played Club Keno add in the game “The Jack” at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville on September 13. He won the jackpot.
“US$45,000. Someone said that someone just won “Jack”, he said, it was great, someone asked if he was you, yes, so he was very excited,” Taraki said.
She said that on the evening of the 19th, Jarvis returned to Blue Water and bought several rounds of drinks, but he had not yet cashed in the $45,000 ticket.
“He can’t cash it because he doesn’t have a social security card at all, which is no good, so he applied for a new one,” she said.
It may be that he walked out of the Blue Water Inn, which is believed to be the last time anyone has seen Jarvis. Taraki didn’t walk into the bar the next day, and felt something was wrong.
“Sometimes he works in the north and he is not here for the whole week. We thought, what went wrong,” she said.
She said that the following Wednesday, Greg’s boss walked into the bar and said Greg did not come to work. Then on Friday morning, a resident on the private beach of Caseville called the police, saying that a body was washed up on the shore near the boat. That is Gregory Jarvis’ ship.
Kesville Police Chief Kyle Romzek said: “We think he was tying the boat, slipping and hitting his head. This is where he fell into the water. There is no suspicion of foul play.”
Romzek said that when his department learned of the winning lottery, they did some further investigations.
“It was true, at first, we were worried, but after the autopsy, we interviewed people in the bar. He is very popular here. He is a good person, which makes us dismissive,” Romzek said.
An autopsy revealed that Jarvis suffered a head injury, hit his head on the boat, and he drowned. Dawn Talaski said Jarvis has already made some plans for the money.
“He plans to use the money to visit his sister and father in North Carolina,” she said.
The Michigan Lottery Commission confirmed that winners with prizes of more than $600 must provide photo identification and their social security card (the actual card) in order to receive the prize.
Greg Jarvis’s relatives now own the winning lottery ticket.
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