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Subject: Boy, I remember this yutz. He just didn't know how to handle newly acquired great wealth ($113M after taxes).

Instead of education and counseling, he drank, gambled, and did little positive but ruin lives with it.
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Date Posted: Thursday, July 09, 05:28:58am
In reply to: Dead at 72 's message, "Jack Whittaker, His life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot in 2002" on Tuesday, June 30, 04:03:27pm

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Jack Whittaker became an instant celebrity at 55 when he claimed what was then the largest US lottery jackpot won by a single ticket. He chose the lump-sum payout of $113.4 million after taxes and flew to New York with his family in a private jet to appear on network TV morning shows. But he quickly fell victim to scandals, lawsuits, and personal setbacks amid constant requests for money that left him unable to trust others. Several times he said he wished he had torn up the ticket. His wife left him. A friend of his drug-addicted granddaughter was found dead at his home in 2004. Three months later his 17-year-old granddaughter was gone too. His daughter, Ginger Whittaker Bragg, died in 2009 at age 42 after struggling for years with cancer. And in 2016 he lost a Virginia home to a fire. He struggled with drinking and gambling. His home and car were repeatedly burglarized. At a strip club, thieves broke into his Lincoln Navigator and stole a briefcase stuffed with $245,000 and three $100,000 cashiers’ checks. The briefcase was later found with the money still inside. Whittaker was charged twice with driving while under the influence and sued repeatedly, once by three female casino employees who accused him of assault.

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