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
WVa board admonishes former lottery director for moonlighting
A state board that oversees lawyers in West Virginia admonished one of the governor's former cabinet secretaries for moonlighting at his old law firm while serving as the Lottery Director, defying state law.
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board found no evidence that former Lottery Director Alan Larrick used state resources in his private practice or leveraged his state job to benefit his legal clients.
However, the board found Larrick knowingly continued to engage in the practice of law while se ...
Dec 16, 2019, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery not backing online gaming law this session
West Virginia Lottery officials will back two bills intended to increase revenue, but do not plan to pursue legalization of online gaming this session, Lottery Director John Myers told the House Finance Committee Friday.
We certainly see the opportunity in iGaming, he said. We fully intend to come back with that at some point.
Online gaming, or iGaming, can run the gamut from being able to able to buy tickets for Lottery drawings or scratch-off games online, to sports betting apps, to on ...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:02 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia Lottery has a new director
One day after lawmakers asked tough questions about leadership at the West Virginia Lottery, Gov. Jim Justice has named John Myers as director of the agency.
He replaces Alan Larrick, who resigned Sept. 1, right as sports betting was making its debut at West Virginia casinos. Doug Buffington, deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, served as the interim director.
Myers has been serving as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration, but he has a long wor ...
Sep 20, 2018, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery Director resigns day after sports betting goes live
The director of the West Virginia Lottery has resigned.
Alan Larrick's resignation became effective Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice said.
After the successful launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town yesterday (Thursday), Alan Larrick informed Gov. Jim Justice that he would step down as the director of the West Virginia Lottery effective Sept. 1, 2018, the release from the governor's office said.
Justice appointed Larrick in January 2017. Larrick, a Beckley native, wa ...
Sep 2, 2018, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum
First sports betting licenses issued by West Virginia Lottery
Legalization of sports betting in West Virginia has reached another milestone, with the issuing of the first sports betting licenses by the state Lottery Commission.
That includes the first casino operator's license, issued to Hollywood Casino, in Charles Town.
They are the first casino licensed to offer sports betting, Danielle Boyd, legal counsel for the Lottery Commission, said Monday. They are committed to going live at Charles Town and accepting bets on Sept. 1.
She said Hollywoo ...
Aug 14, 2018, 10:10 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery Commission establishes rules for sports betting
The West Virginia Lottery Commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, following an emergency meeting Thursday.
West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick said the commission passed the sports betting rules, effective Thursday, to give the state's five casinos plenty of time to familiarize themselves with the various regulations outlined in the rules.
We're trying to do everything we can to get sports betting available by football season that's what our goal is, Larrick ...
Jun 22, 2018, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery revenue continues climb, with sports betting on horizon
West Virginia Lottery revenue continued to climb in April, as more money spent on video lottery and traditional online and scratch-off games offset declining revenue numbers at the state's racetrack casinos.
Fortunately, our pluses are ahead of our minuses, so we are about 1 percent ahead on sales, Lottery Director Alan Larrick said after Tuesday's Lottery Commission meeting.
Traditional lottery sales are up 7 percent so far this budget year, while limited video lottery at bars, clubs and ...
May 23, 2018, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
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 forum
WV Lottery officials keeping eye on PA internet gambling bill
West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly expand legalized gambling in that state.
Those guys are aggressive, I'll just say that, acting lottery director John Myers said Tuesday of the legislation, which would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling, would allow state casinos to operate satellite locations with up to 250 slot machines each and would allow slot m ...
Jul 12, 2016, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum