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Thieves Steal Lottery Winner's $545,000

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More than half a million dollars was stolen early Tuesday from record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker's vehicle parked outside a strip club, but the money was recovered, a sheriff's deputy said.

Someone broke a window in Jack Whittaker's sport utility vehicle around 2:30 a.m. and took a briefcase containing $245,000 in cash and three blank $100,000 cashier's checks, Kanawha County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Phil Morris said.

The briefcase, cash and checks were later found behind a trash bin on the property, Morris said.

Whittaker "gambles quite a bit, and we believe that's the reason that the large sum of money was in (his) possession at this time," he told the Charleston Daily Mail.

Whittaker claimed a $113 million cash option after winning a record $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas Day. He promised to give a tenth of his winnings to churches, and has so far given away at least $3 million, the newspaper said.

Police have suspects but no arrests have been made, Morris said. A window on a second vehicle parked on the lot also was broken, he said.

Whittaker was at the club later Tuesday morning but left without commenting. His spokesman, Bill Bissett, did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

The Pink Pony is about a mile from Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming in Nitro, but it was not clear if Whittaker had been at the greyhound track.

Associated Press

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fja's avatar - gnome1

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Posted: August 5, 2003, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

Half a million dollars in your car....at a strip club....my guess is that when his wife is through with him he would have wished that he hadnt reported the break in!   

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
    United States
    Member #9
    March 24, 2001
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    Posted: August 5, 2003, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

    If you recalled when he collected his PowerBall winning, it wasn't Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker collecting the money, it was Mr. Whittaker collecting his winning with members of his family including his wife standing by him.  They will still be standing by him.


      Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
      Chief Bottle Washer
      New Jersey
      United States
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      May 31, 2000
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      Posted: August 5, 2003, 2:15 pm - IP Logged


      Very percepti


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