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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 08:34 AM

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

The Associated Press

June 30, 2020, 1:17 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew “Jack” Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72.

The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed it. A funeral home official who declined to give his name said Tuesday that Whittaker died of natural causes, but he refused to say when or where, and he said a service would be private.

Whittaker became an instant celebrity at 55 when he claimed what was then the largest U.S. lottery jackpot won by a single ticket. He opted for the lump-sum payout of $113.4 million after taxes, and flew off to New York with his family in a private jet to appear on network TV morning shows.

But he quickly fell victim to scandals, lawsuits and personal setbacks as he endured constant requests for money, leaving him unable to trust others. Several times, he was quoted as saying he wished he had torn up the ticket.ad torn up the ticket.

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cyclonefence Jul 2020 #1

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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:46 AM

1. By the way

when a WV man's first name is Andrew, and he's called Jack, it's pretty certain that his given name is Andrew Jackson whatever. A fun fact to know and tell.

I had an Uncle Jack.

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