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 forum
Lottery-winning farmer shares potatoes with people in coronavirus isolation
A woman who used her lottery winnings to move to a farm in England supplied free potatoes to people in self-isolation due to COVID-19.
Susan Herdman, 51, moved to the farm after winning the United Kingdom National Lottery in 2010 and made a post in a local Facebook group offering to share her potatoes after learning of people stockpiling food and supplies due to the global coronavirus outbreak.
Herdman delivered potatoes to isolating families and a home for disabled children in addition to ...
Mar 25, 2020, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
I won the lottery at 22, here's what happened next
I got back in the truck, drove to a lay-by and scratched it off. There and then I won a million pounds.
Jamie Heavens, who's a roofer from Bournemouth, a town on the south coast of England, got lucky on a UK National Lottery scratchcard when he was 22.
And if you or any of your friends wouldn't want to be in his shoes, you're lying.
But then there's deciding what to spend it on picking which friends would get some and which ones you'd have to disappoint.
Not to mention all those ve ...
Nov 19, 2019, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaire still lives in a trailer in Maine
It's not an extravagant life, certainly, but it makes him happy.
So when he recently won big playing the Maine State Lottery not just once, but twice, for a total of $1.1 million within a single four-month period he didn't see much sense in changing things up, even after the money started rolling in.
The rolls of lottery winners might be filled with tales of lives altered following sudden riches, but Bobby Stuart's has remained exceedingly constant.
Ain't nothing really different, he s ...
Sep 27, 2019, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner plans to breathe new life into historic neighborhood that time forgot
Fort Lauderdale is a long way from Memphis.
But lottery winner-turned-developer Miguel Pilgram, 50, wants to bring a little Memphis Blues to Fort Lauderdale's historic Sistrunk Boulevard.
And that's not all.
His three-phase plan representing a total investment of $19 million would transform the area like never before, establishing a performing-arts hub meant to revitalize a neighborhood that time forgot.
Pilgram, a dynamic entrepreneur who spent his childhood in Memphis, has already ...
Sep 15, 2019, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions winner selling $26M mansion due to son's health says the home has been a 'blessing'
A California Mega Millions lottery winner is selling his $26 million southern California compound and is ready to downsize.
I will not be looking to buy such an extravagant home this time around, Rick Knudsen said. I am looking to purchase land and build a home and ranch half the size of what I have now. I will still be looking for a great view and to add more ranch animals maybe a few horses and buffalo.
After winning the $180 million jackpot in August 2014, Rick Knudsen purchased 845 a ...
Nov 20, 2018, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
8 years after buying $10.8 million ticket, lottery winner says life is 'marvelous'
A Pennsylvania couple who took home more than $10 million in Delaware's first Hot Lotto jackpot eight years ago traded in their mobile home for a four-bedroom house but say their good fortune hasn't changed them.
In August 2009, Robert Crowther already had retired from the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, Delaware, where he had worked for more than 30 years. Since the Crowthers opted to take the jackpot as a lump sum of $10,774,362 rather than as a deferred annuity, life has been marvelous, ...
Nov 12, 2018, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Everything you know about the fate of lottery winners is probably wrong, according to science
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has gone up to a record-breaking $970 million. On Saturday, Powerball will have a drawing for a $430 million jackpot. A winning ticket for either lottery will be life-changing, but some of the popular theories about the fate of lottery winners aren't necessarily accurate, according to a study published in May.
The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, examined 3,362 Swedish lottery winners who scored at least $100,000, and surveyed them a ...
Oct 19, 2018, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. family that won $429 million lottery jackpot is 'praying' it forward
When Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children won a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot in 2016, they promised to give 10 percent of their winnings the largest jackpot ever won in New Jersey to their church and to help others.
Almost immediately, the Trenton family donated a portion of their winnings to set up the Smith Family Foundation to dole out grants to charities that support their mission to give back to the community. They view their windfall as a way to uphold their strong faith a ...
Oct 1, 2018, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
He won $19 million in the lottery — and became a bank robber
The first time Jim Hayes robbed a bank, at age 55, he gave himself a pep talk.
The former security guard a clean-cut guy with silver hair and a doughy physique stood frozen next to the entrance of Montecito Bank Trust at a strip mall in Carpinteria, a mellow beach town about 12 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Hayes had stuffed a pillow in his shirt and pulled a Zoo York cap low over his face. It was 5:15 p.m. on April 27, 2017 and he'd spent weeks researching how to pull off the heist. Now, ...
Sep 30, 2018, 11:38 am - Lottery News forum