A $128 million winning lottery ticket was sold in a Detroit area adult bookstore in early November.
The Uptown Bookstore sits next to a “gentleman’s club” near the corner of Woodward Ave. and McNichols (6 Mile Rd.), in the economically distressed Detroit suburb of Highland Park, MI. Highland Park is one of poorest cities in America, and it’s decaying neighborhoods stand out even in Detroit, a city decaying neighborhoods. But something exceptional happened at the Uptown Bookstore. Like all adult bookstores,The Uptown Bookstore sells pornographic videos, magazines, and sex toys. Unlike most adult bookstores, the Uptown Bookstore also sells lottery tickets. A week ago the Uptown Bookstore sold a winning Powerball Lottery ticket worth $128 million.
Buyer Of $128 Million Winning Gives Money Away, Stays Unknown
Under Michigan Powerball rules, lottery winners cannot remain anonymous when they claim their win. This of course creates the potential for embarrassment and marital strife (if not outright scandal, depending upon the winner’s community status). But the $128 million winner has gone the extra mile to avoid that embarrassment and remain unknown: He is giving a large portion of his financial windfall to friends and family. One of those friends, a gentleman named Mike Greer claimed the winnings from the Nov. 6Th drawing.
According to a report in the Detroit News, Greer said a friend bought the the Powerball lottery ticket and when he found out the ticket was the winner of a $128 million jackpot, asked friends and family to share winnings. The group will split a lump sum payment of approximately $70 million.
Mr. Greer, who would not divulge details on who bought the winning ticket at the adult bookstore, or how many people are in the group, accepted the the ceremonial check at the Michigan Lottery Center in Lansing.
Mr. Greer, said he will donate a “healthy share” of his winnings to his church, which he would not name. He said he did not think the church would object to the fact that the winning ticket was purchased at an adult bookstore. We can assume it is not a fundamentalist church, which would object not only to the adult bookstore origin of the ticket, but also to the gambling aspect of the lottery.
Anonymity Comes At a Cost of Millions
The cost of preserving ones reputation with family, friends, and community just rose to rarefied air. There will always be speculation among these friends and associates regarding who exactly was frequenting an adult bookstore in a seedy part of town, but it will remain just that, speculation. If they can refrain from spilling the beans, each member of the group will have plausible deniabilty to accompany his new seven figure bank account.
But what a cost to the actual buyer of the winning $128 million lottery ticket. Whoever it was must have a lot to lose to make such a financial sacrifice (though he still will keep plenty of money). Perhaps that person is Mr. Greer. Perhaps he concocted the whole story to cover his tracks. Perhaps not. If the group stays silent, we shall never know.