(TheRedWire.com) – It’s sad when bad things happen to good people. In Michigan, 57-year-old Gregory Jarvis regularly patronized the Blue Water Inn. Co-Owner Dawn Talaski said Jarvis was a great person who was extremely excited when he learned he won a $45,000 lottery jackpot. A week later, Jarvis returned to the inn as usual and bought a round of drinks. However, the lottery winner still hadn’t cash his winning ticket. Talaski said he couldn’t. Jarvis didn’t have his social security card and was in the process of getting a new one. Michigan law requires both a photo ID and social security card to collect any winning cash.
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The following week, Jarvis didn’t show up as usual during the week. The co-owner of the inn grew concerned because it was so far from normal. Talaski said Jarvis’s boss came in later wondering if she had seen him. Apparently, he wasn’t at work that week, either. Later in the week, a body washed ashore. It belonged to Jarvis. His winning lottery ticket was still in his shirt pocket.
Police Chief Kyle Romzek said it appears Jarvis slipped on the boat, hit his head, and ended up drowning in the water. The police chief said no foul play is suspected. An autopsy confirmed the lottery winner struck his head and died by drowning. The authorities turned the winning ticket over to his relatives.
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