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Powerball lottery winner Andrew "Jack" Whittaker dies at 72
Won record-breaking jackpot, then suffered unprecedented string of bad luck By Kate Northrop Andrew Jack Whittaker, a Powerball player infamous for the string of bad luck following his record-breaking jackpot win, died at the age of 72 on Saturday, June 27 after battling a long illness, according to his obituary. In December 2002, Whittaker, 55, won the $315 million Powerball Jackpot in West Virginia, the largest-ever jackpot won by a single ticket at the time. He was well-known as some
Jul 2, 2020, 12:56 pm - Lottery News

Infamous lottery winner's house burns
Jack's back with more heartbreak Firefighters from all over Bland County converged on Deer Run Estates in Rocky Gap, West Virginia, on Friday morning to battle a blaze at lottery winner Jack Whittaker's house. Whittaker said he was on his way to Ghent, West Virginia, to work when his wife, who was inside the brick structure, called him about the fire. Fire crews got the call at 6:59 a.m. and the house was already engulfed in flames when they arrived. Whittaker's wife smelled smoke an
Dec 2, 2016, 12:10 pm - Lottery News

Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store. And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead. While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 milli
Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner Jack Whittaker's losing ticket
Jack Whittaker, a 55-year-old contractor from Scott Depot, W. Va., had worked his way up from backcountry poverty to build a water-and-sewer-pipe business that employed over 100 people. He was a millionaire several times over. But when he awoke at 5:45 a.m. on Christmas morning in 2002, everything he'd built in his life held only passing significance next to a scrap of paper in his worn leather wallet a $1 Powerball lottery ticket bearing the numbers 5, 14, 16, 29, 53, and 7. Whittaker had pu
Dec 19, 2012, 10:03 am - Lottery News

One winner in Israel's largest-ever lottery drawing
7 million tickets were purchased for the largest cash prize in Israel's lottery history but only one person won, taking the first prize of NIS 74 million (US$19.5 million). The jackpot was the result of 22 consecutive weeks without a winner. After taxes are cleared, the winner will go home with a cool NIS 55.5 million, getting into 2010 with a wide grin on his or her face. As of Monday morning, the prize winner had not come forward to collect the prize check. The previous high winner wa
Dec 28, 2009, 4:18 pm - Lottery News

Italian villager wins record $210M lottery jackpot
A resident of the castle-topped Tuscan village of Bagnone won more than 147 million (US$210.6 million) in Europe's biggest lottery jackpot, and seemed intent on trying to stay unknown. The winner bought the ticket for 2 at a bar in the central Italian town of 2,000, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Florence. The lucky inhabitant, who has yet to come forward, can choose to remain anonymous and has 90 days to claim the cash. Local residents popped bottles of sparkling wine at the
Aug 25, 2009, 3:04 pm - Lottery News

Powerball winner's daughter found dead in home
The 42-year-old daughter of Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has been found dead in her Raleigh County, West Virginia, home. Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy D.E. Stafford says the body of Ginger Whittaker Bragg was found Sunday afternoon in Daniels. Stafford said in a statement Monday that no foul play is suspected. He says the body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office. Jack Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 when he won a nearly $315 million Powe
Jul 7, 2009, 12:40 am - Lottery News

Truck driver wins $1.9M lottery jackpot, will keep driving
A recent immigrant to Canada is Manitoba's newest millionaire. Gennadi Belinov is nearly $2 million richer after he won a share of Wednesday night's $3.9 million Lotto 6/49 draw. The Winnipeg man said he took a long look at a self-serve ticket checker when he scanned his ticket Thursday evening and learned he had won $1,979,992. I thought, 'What are all these numbers?' So, I took it to the clerk and asked if she could check the ticket through her machine. Then the machine said 'Woo hoo
Mar 23, 2009, 3:54 pm - Lottery News

Jack's back: Judge orders record lottery winner to pay settlement
The winner of a $315 million lottery jackpot has been ordered to honor a settlement he reached with a racetrack worker who accused him of assaulting her. A judge issued a summary judgment Wednesday against Jack Whittaker in a breach of contract lawsuit filed in February by Rhonda L. Lilly. Lilly, who was a floor attendant at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming Center in Nitro, had agreed to an undisclosed settlement from Whittaker in exchange for dismissing a personal injury claim against him, th
Jun 1, 2007, 8:42 am - Lottery News

Winning a lottery jackpot can't guarantee happiness
Sudden wealth is good for most lottery winners, but not all For some people, winning the big jackpot can turn out to be a big mistake. William Bud Post III called it the lottery of death. The Pennsylvania man, who died in January at 66, hit a $16.2 million lottery jackpot in 1988. After that, his sixth wife left him, a woman sued for a third of the winnings, he failed at business ventures with siblings, and spent time in jail for firing a gun over a bill collector's head. His bro
Apr 9, 2006, 9:54 am - Lottery News

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