Two Michigan Lottery Jackpots Claimed (Adding Up to $269.6 Million), But Mystery Still Surrounds the “Porno” Shop Powerball Winner(s)

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Well, Michigan, with all it’s unemployment (the bad news) was the center of the lottery universe these past two weeks (that’s the good news).

Two Michigan men have claimed a total of $269 million in lottery jackpots — in the Mega Millions game and in the Powerball game.

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The big, ongoing mystery, of course, was who bought the winning lottery ticket in a porno shop?

The answer is…we still don’t know.

Herein lies a tale:  the man who brought in the winning ticket said he doesn’t play the lottery, didn’t buy the ticket and doesn’t know who did.

It was a pool of MYSTERY players, said Mike Greer, 49, a Farmington Hills photographer who agreed to be the public face of a group of family and friends who will share the $128.6-million jackpot.

They call themselves Team Victory.

He said he was asked by the team to represent them.

Well, maybe someone was ashamed that the ticket was bought in an “adult” book store.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot winner ($141 million) is a bit more upfront. He is Stteve Mays, a retiree who lives outside Gladstone, Michigan in the western Upper Peninsula.

He said he wasn’t sure what he’d spend the winnings on yet, noting he already has a nice boat.

Mays said he checked the first number and I had it,” he said. “They just kept coming out.”

Mays said his wife was the first person he told. They have four children and six grandchildren, who can expect to share in his new wealth “eventually.”

Mays chose to receive his winnings in annual payouts, which is a big unusual these days.”He’ll receive $5.4 million a year, before taxes, for the next 26 years.

But the big mystery remains:

So, who bought the huge winning lottery ticket at an adult bookstore in Highland Park?

Greer acknowledged at a news conference he was being intentionally vague about the club, which he said has “more than two and less than 100” members.

Greer said the Victory club members were a group of family and friends who are lifelong acquaintances.

“I’d be lying if I told you that we weren’t going to indulge ourselves,” he said, though he hadn’t settled on how to spend it.

Members of his group decided on a lump sum payment; they will split $69.6 million before taxes, said Abbey Brewer, a lottery spokeswoman.

The Michigan lottery is required by law to deduct 4.35 percent of the winnings for state income tax, and another 25 percent for federal taxes, she said.

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