Say What Now? Body of Michigan Man Washes Up With Uncashed Winning Lottery Ticket in Wallet |

Say What Now? Body of Michigan Man Washes Up With Uncashed Winning Lottery Ticket in Wallet

A Michigan man was found dead along a private beach Friday morning with a winning lottery ticket that he was never able to cash in his wallet.

via: New York Post

Gregory Jarvis, 57, was at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville on Sept. 13 when he played the Club Keno add-on game The Jack — and hit the jackpot, WJRT of Flint reported.

“Very nice guy, he was here every day,” joint owner Dawn Talaski told the news station. “Somebody said someone just won The Jack and he said, ‘Great,’ and someone asked him, ‘Was it you?’ and it was, so he was super excited.”

Talaski said Jarvis returned to the inn almost a week later and bought rounds of drinks, but had still not cashed his winning ticket because he didn’t have the proper documentation.

“He couldn’t cash it because he didn’t have a Social Security card at all, it wasn’t any good, so he applied for a new one,” she told WJRT.

The business owner said she became concerned when Jarvis didn’t show up again as usual.

“Sometimes he’s up north working, he wasn’t here all week and we thought something is wrong,” she said, adding that Jarvis’ boss later showed up at the bar to say he had not arrived at work.

On Friday, a resident along a private beach in the small Huron County city reported to police that a body had washed ashore near a boat, which was determined to belong to Jarvis.

“We are thinking that he was tying up his boat, slipped and fell, hit his head, and that’s where he ended up in the water,” Police Chief Kyle Romzek told WJRT. “No foul play suspected.”

An autopsy determined that Jarvis drowned after striking his head.

Winners of prizes of more than $600 have to present a photo ID and their Social Security card collect their winnings, according to the Michigan Lottery Commission.

Jarvis was planning on putting the money towards a trip to North Carolina to see his father and sister. The winnings will now be shared amongst his relatives.

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