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Michigan Lottery Winner Dies Before Spending His Jackpot

A Michigan man recently walked out of a bar $45,000 richer than when he went in.

Yet he never saw a penny of it.

He died before he could collect.

Gregory Jarvis, a 57-year-old from Caseville, Michigan, hit the jackpot in Club Keno, a state lottery game, on Sept. 13, according to local media. He bought the ticket at a bar called the Blue Water Inn, where he was a regular.

When he tried to cash the ticket, Jarvis was told that he needed a better Social Security card to collect. People who win more than $600 in Michigan lotteries must present a Social Security card and photo ID.

Jarvis apparently didn’t have a Social Security card that was in good shape.

He applied for a new card and was waiting for it to arrive. About a week later, he returned to the bar and bought the house a round of drinks – still holding onto the lottery ticket.

Jarvis left the bar that night and that was the last time anyone saw him alive.

Bar staff, his employer, and friends became concerned when he didn’t show up as expected after a few days, either at work or at the Blue Water Inn.

On Sept. 24, Jarvis’ body washed ashore on a private beach in Saginaw Bay.

“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, no foul play suspected,” Caseville Police Chief Kyle Romzek told the media. An autopsy confirmed the chief’s report.

A friend told local media that Jarvis planned to spend some of his winnings on a trip to North Carolina to visit relatives. His family now has his ticket.

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