$500K Michigan lottery winners charged in burglary spree

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BAY COUNTY, Mich. (WEHT/CNN) – Apparently a couple from Bay County, Michigan are no longer living in the lap of luxury.

The couple hit a state lottery jackpot three years ago, but they are now suspects in a string of burglaries.

Investigators believe 28-year-old Stephanie Harvell and 29-year-old Mitchell Arnswald have been breaking into homes in Bay, Tuscola, Midland, Saginaw, and Arenac counties.

It was back in 2016 when the couple won $500,000 in the Michigan Lottery’s Hot Ticket game.

Harvell told the Lottery then that she and her husband, Arnswald, had been living paycheck to paycheck and went on to say that she bought the scratch-off ticket the same day she had received an eviction notice.

It’s not clear what they did with their prize winnings.

The pair was arrested last Thursday after another suspected home invasion in Bay County’s Merritt Township.

Harvell and Arnswald have been charged with second-degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools.

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