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Record lottery winner's business target of complaints

After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Record lottery winner's business target of complaints

More than 1,500 complaints have been filed in a Wood County sewer project being completed by a company owned by record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker, about one complaint for every customer the Union Williams Public Service District project would serve.

Diversified Enterprise and its subcontractor, Zion Inc., allegedly have sliced water, sewer, gas and power lines, cut down trees and knocked down fences, according to complaints filed with the PSD, located in Waverly.

The sewer project started in March 2004 and was supposed to be completed by last March, said Jerry Dotson, general manager of the Union Williams PSD. The number of complaints does not mean that each of the approximately 1,500 customers sent one, Dotson said, as some complained several times.

"We haven't been real happy with how some of the complaints have turned out," Dotson said.

Meanwhile, officials from the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation are calling for an investigation into Whittaker's connections to Holley Brothers Construction Co. Inc. of Gallipolis, Ohio.

The construction company owes more than $1.3 million to the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Fund, said T.J. Obrakta, general counsel for the Workers' Compensation Commission.

Whittaker said the complaints are without merit and that the union has targeted him because his company is nonunion.

Las Vegas Sun

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Posted: September 21, 2005, 6:44 pm - IP Logged

Maybe Jack could buy into Wal*Mart since it doesn't let employees form unions. What will come next for him?

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    Sparta, NJ
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    Posted: September 21, 2005, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

    The man definitely has an aversion to  "Midas Touch" - shows what happens when the ego over rules everything else. Had he stayed under the radar, he would have probably had a happy life. As I have heard numerous times, winning multi-millions doesn't change the person; a sensible person stays a sensible person, and an idiot becomes a rich idiot.

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      Whitwell, TN
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      Posted: September 21, 2005, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

       

       

       

      I Agree! 


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        Posted: September 21, 2005, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

        If I won the lottery. I would stay away from anything that could get me sued such as being soley responsible for a company. Retire darn it.

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          Posted: September 21, 2005, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

          I don't agree totally, I think people change with sudden wealth. Jack might have been a better man without the money. You and I in here might not be able to handle such wealth. Of course we all think we can handle better than Jack. I don't go to strip clubs anyway, hate the places but maybe other lotto winners didn't either and became bored with such overwhelming wealth? Who knows until it happens? All I can say this, a sensible person before the lotto may change but I do agree with the statement that an idiot before the lotto will just be a rich idiot after the lotto because as history as shown money does not make one wise or smart. Cheers,

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            Posted: September 21, 2005, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

            You would be hard pressed to handle it worse than Jack. At least he's still alive and not using hard drugs other than alcohol.

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              Posted: September 22, 2005, 12:44 am - IP Logged

              Jack made two bad decisions after winning his lottery jackpot, 1.) going on national television (all 3 major networks) and 2.)promising to share his wealth with the needy, both which made him a national icon who can't fart without it being covered in the national news. 

              RJOh

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
                           Evil Looking       

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                md
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                Posted: September 22, 2005, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

                From all accounts, prior to his winning, he was a respected business man.  Acronymm007 hit the nail on the head,  there is something called Sudden Wealth Syndrone.  Any of us could be hit with it once we won.  Part of the key to success would be to stay out of the press, t.v. and spotlight.  Low profile and you'll win half the battle.

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                  new delhi
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                  Posted: October 21, 2005, 4:18 am - IP Logged

                  The man definitely has an aversion to  "Midas Touch" - shows what happens when the ego over rules everything else. Had he stayed under the radar, he would have probably had a happy life. As I have heard numerous times, winning multi-millions doesn't change the person; a sensible person stays a sensible person, and an idiot becomes a rich idiot.

                  Quite true!

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                    new delhi
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                    Posted: October 21, 2005, 4:19 am - IP Logged

                    Jack made two bad decisions after winning his lottery jackpot, 1.) going on national television (all 3 major networks) and 2.)promising to share his wealth with the needy, both which made him a national icon who can't fart without it being covered in the national news. 

                    RJOh

                    Is he really that unpopular or am I getting it all wrong here?

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                      Posted: October 21, 2005, 6:32 am - IP Logged

                      he has made some very unwise decisions that have made a lot of people think he didn't deserve to win.do a search shalini.the man has had money stolen from him because he left hundreds of thousands of dollars locked in his vehicle.he has been arrested for alcohol issues.he was almost poisoned by someone at a racetrack looking to gain his wealth.i think he might've had a sexual harrasment charge against him from a strip club incident.he has had a granddaughter die of drugs since he won.too many things to name here.........


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                        Posted: October 21, 2005, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                        I've said it before: Jack was right in choosing lump sum. Let's hope the OR winner does the same.

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                          Posted: October 23, 2005, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

                          This poor man....

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                            Posted: October 23, 2005, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

                            Jack made two bad decisions after winning his lottery jackpot, 1.) going on national television (all 3 major networks) and 2.)promising to share his wealth with the needy, both which made him a national icon who can't fart without it being covered in the national news. 

                            RJOh

                            Is he really that unpopular or am I getting it all wrong here?

                            In America, we only admire winners. Doesn't matter how they became winners, or who they hurt to become winners, just so they are winners. They can make it off booze, they can make it off of lying, anything is open - except drugs. Then when they fail, we strike like a Cobra.

                            Cheers

                            |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

                            I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice