HURON COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) – A man from Caseville wins a Club Keno jackpot, but never gets a chance to cash the winning ticket.
The body of Gregory Jarvis, 57, was found along a private beach along Saginaw Bay on Friday morning.
An autopsy confirms he drowned, but police became concerned after discovering he had a winning lottery ticket in his wallet.
Jarvis tried to cash the bill before his death, but he did not have a working Social Security card.
He requested another one, but before it arrived in the mail he was found dead along this private beach.
“A very nice guy, he was here everyday,” said Dawn Talaski, owner of the Blue Water Inn.
Jarvis was at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville on September 13th playing the Club Keno side game “The Jack”. He hit the jackpot.
“$ 45,000. Someone said somebody just won “The Jack” and he said, great, and someone asked him if it was you and it was, so he was super excited, “a said Talaski.
She says that on the night of the 19th Jarvis was back at the Blue Water, buying drink tours, but by then he still hadn’t cashed the $ 45,000 bill.
“He couldn’t cash it because he didn’t have a social security card at all, it wasn’t good, so he asked for a new one,” she said.
Could this have been taken out of the Blue Water Inn and that was the last time anyone would have seen Jarvis. Talaski sensed something was wrong the next day when he didn’t walk into the bar.
“Sometimes he works up north, he wasn’t there all week and we thought something was wrong,” she says.
She says Greg’s boss walked into the bar the following Wednesday saying Greg didn’t show up for work. Then on Friday morning, a resident of a private beach in Caseville called the police saying a body had washed up near a boat. It was Gregory Jarvis’ boat.
“We believe he moored his boat, slipped and fell, hit his head, and that’s where he ended up in the water, no foul play suspected,” the chief said from Caseville Police, Kyle Romzek.
Romzek says that when his department learned of the existence of the winning lottery ticket, they investigated further.
“That’s right, at first we were worried about it but after the autopsy, and we questioned people at the bar, he was well liked here, he was a nice guy, it took him away from the table, ”says Romzek.
The autopsy shows Jarvis had head injuries consistent with hitting his head on the boat and he drowned. Dawn Talaski says Jarvis made plans for the money.
“He was planning to take that money and go see his sister and father in North Carolina,” she said.
The Michigan Lottery Commission confirms that winners of prizes over $ 600 must provide photo ID and their Social Security card, the actual card, to collect their winnings.
Greg Jarvis’s loved ones now have the winning ticket.
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