November 13, 2010 in Nation/World

Porn shop sold winning lottery ticket

Tim Martin Associated Press
 

LANSING, Mich. – A group of friends and family is obscenely rich after winning a nearly $129 million jackpot with a lottery ticket bought at a Detroit-area porn shop. And some of the money will be devoted to sacred purposes.

Mike Greer, a member of the group, came forward Friday to claim the Powerball winnings on behalf of the others, who chose to remain anonymous. Greer – who said only that the group has more than two members and fewer than 100 – indicated some of the riches will be going to a church.

“The only thing I can assume is that the Lord trusted us to do certain things with the money that He bestowed upon us,” he said. “That’s the only thing that I can gather.”

Greer said he didn’t buy the ticket himself and doesn’t know whether it was purchased inside the Uptown Bookstore or at its outside, walk-up lottery window. And he said that among the group’s members, “nobody cares” where it was bought.

The group will take its winnings in a lump sum of $69.6 million instead of annual installments.

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