Obscenely rich: Group of friends wins $129m in lottery from ticket bought in a Detroit porn shop

November 15th, 2010 by Staff

Source: Mail Online — A syndicate of friends and family is celebrating – albeit anonymously – after winning nearly $129 million with a lottery ticket bought at a Detroit-area porn shop.
And the one syndicate member who did come forward to claim the money on behalf of the others has vowed to give some of the windfall to religious groups.
Mike Greer, a member of the group, came forward on Friday to claim the Powerball winnings on behalf of the others, who chose to keep their identities secret.

Mr Greer would have probably liked to do so as well but Michigan state law requires that lottery winners must be identified to claim thair prize.
Mr Greer, who would only say that the group has more than two members and fewer than 100 – indicated some of the riches will be going to a church.
He said: ‘The only thing I can assume is that the Lord trusted us to do certain things with the money that He bestowed upon us. That’s the only thing that I can gather.’
Another mysterious way in which the Lord moved was prompting one of the syndicate to buy the winning ticket from a local smut shop, called the Uptown Bookstore – in a depressed section of Highland Park.

Mr Greer said he did not buy the ticket himself, and would not reveal who DID buy the ticket. Nor did he know whether the ticket was purchased from inside the store or at the walk-up lottery window – where people can buy tickets without venturing inside.
But he did reveal that, among the group’s members at any rate, ‘nobody cares’.
The group will take its winnings in a lump sum of $69.6 million instead of annual installments.
Mr Greer, a 49-year-old from Farmington Hills, said he was self-employed in the digital imaging business. He would not give details on the others except to say that most were from the Detroit metropolitan area.

Separately, Steve Mays of Gladstone, Michigan, came forward to claim a Mega Millions jackpot worth $141 million.
The retiree, who wouldn’t disclose his age, said he bought his ticket at a convenience store – clearly more proud of his place of purchase.
He said he hadn’t decided what to do with his winnings, which he would take in 26 annual installments of $5.4 million.
He said: ‘I’ve got a nice boat. I don’t need one of those. But I might need something to tow it.


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