A man from Michigan was found dead after what seemed to be an accident while he was on a boat. He had a $45,000 winning lottery ticket in his pocket.
Gregory Jarvis, who was 57 years old, won $45,000 in a lottery a week and a half ago. On Friday, his body washed up on a beach along the Saginaw Bay in Caseville.
ABC12 said that Jarvis tried to cash his ticket before he died, but he was turned away because he didn’t have a “good-shape” Social Security card.
According to the Michigan Lottery Commission, anyone who wins more than $600 in the state of Michigan must show their Social Security card and a photo ID.
He was waiting for a new card to come in the mail, but he died before it did.
Jarvis was at the Blue Water Inn on September 13 and won the jackpot when he played “The Jack,” an add-on game for Club Keno.
A few days later, on September 19, Jarvis went back to the inn and bought drinks for everyone, but he still hadn’t cashed in his winnings.
Dawn Talaski, the owner of the Blue Water Inn, said, “He was here every day and was a very nice guy.”
Jarvis had planned to go see his family with the money.
“He planned to take that money and go to North Carolina to see his sister and his dad,” Talaski said.
After leaving the Inn that night, nobody is thought to have seen Jarvis again.
When Jarvis didn’t come back to the bar, Talaski knew something was “wrong.”
She says, “Sometimes he works up north. Last week, he wasn’t here at all, and we thought something was wrong. “
This worry grew when Jarvis’s boss came into the bar the next Wednesday to say that Greg hadn’t shown up for work.
In a sad turn of events, someone walking along a private beach in Caseville called the police on Friday morning to say that a body had washed up near a boat. It turned out to be Jarvis and his boat.
We think he was tying up his boat when he slipped and fell, hit his head, and ended up in the water, said Caseville Police Chief Kyle Romzek. No foul play was suspected.
The autopsy found that Jarvis’s head wounds were consistent with him hitting his head on the boat, which caused him to drown.
When his body was found, the winning lottery ticket was in his pocket. This meant that the police had to look into the case more.
At first, we were worried about it, but after the autopsy and talking to people at the bar, we found out that he was liked here and that he was a nice guy, so that took it off the table,” Romzek said of the lottery ticket.
The winning ticket has been given to Jarvis’s family .