A Michigan man who had a big Keno win, drowned before he was able to enjoy it. He still had the uncashed $45,000 ticket in his pocket. 

On Sept. 13, 57-year-old Gregory Jarvis from Michigan ventured with the Club Keno add-on game The Jack at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville and hit the jackpot, WJRT of Flint reported.

“He was here every day, such a nice guy,” joint owner Dawn Talaski told the news agency. “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.”

He was ready to collect on the ticket, only to be held back because he did not have the correct documents to make a claim.

“Without even a Social Security, Jarvis was unable to cash his winning ticket, so he applied for a new one,” Talaski said.

According to the Michigan Lottery Commission, winners of prizes worth more than $600 must present a photo ID as well as their Social Security card to collect their winnings, the New York Post reported.

Then Jarvis suddenly disappeared, with his fortune still awaiting him. When he didn’t appear as was his daily routine, Talaski started to feel something was amiss.

“Sometimes he’s up north working, he wasn’t here all week and we thought something is wrong,” she said. 

Jarvis’s boss had not seen him either. It was nearly two weeks later, and authorities found a washed-up body beside a boat.

WJRT reported that Jarvis’ remains were spotted by a homeowner along a private beach in the small Huron County on Friday, Sept. 24.

Gregory Jarvis, Blue Water Inn., Sep. 30, 2021 (Screenshot via TheBL/10 WBNS)

“We believe he slipped and fell, hit his head while tying up his boat, and ended up in the water,” Police Chief Kyle Romzek said to WJRT. “No evidence of foul play.”


An autopsy revealed he had drowned after having his head hit.
“The autopsy and the interviews people at the bar were conducted, they realized Jarvis was a nice guy, well-liked around, and that took it off the table,” Romzek said.


He died with his uncashed lottery ticket still beside him in his wallet.
“He was going to take that money and visit his sister and father in North Carolina,” Talaski explained.
The winning ticket has been handed over to Jarvis’ family.

Sign up to receive our latest news!

  • SMS / PHONE

    By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.