|Posted: December 19, 2005, 10:28 am - IP Logged|
What a lot of people don't realize is that jack was a pillar in his community before he won the lottery for all practical purposes he was looked up to he was a man with a fair to midland attitude. Lots of people liked the guy. But after he won his whole world was turned upside down. I agree that he let a lot of stuff happen to him and the he also didn't handle it the way some people might. But when he won he made promises to people and was shunned by the leaders in his church they didn't want any of his money. he was thrown aback by their comments and I think that was the beginning of many of his problems. After having been a respected member in his church to be shunned by the leaders of those churches. Soon after that he formed a foundation in his name instead of throwing his money in an established foundation. It's not easy handling a foundation by yourself and making your loved ones responsible for delving out the money to the thousands people whom for all intensive purposes just wanted him to cut loose with some of his cash.
The stress of having won such a huge amount of money combined with all the tasks he undertook caused serious problems. He was at no time capable of handling his new found wealth by himself and didn't seek or take anyone's advise on how to handle his money. He went on a roller coaster ride and crashed and burned.
Just remember if you win don't go on the same ride he did unless you want that kind of thrill ride. I know in my mind he probably would give anything to start from the beginning and do it all differently.
Whittaker was reported as saying that if he could have done it all over again, he would have done things quieter. But when his granddaughter was missing, shortly before her death, Whittaker's estranged wife, Jewell, said that she "would have torn the ticket up".
Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings. They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed. And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.
If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!