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Powerball Winner Says He's Cursed
ABC News via AOL News ^ | April 7, 2007 | MARTIN BASHIR and SARA HOLMBERG

Posted on 04/08/2007 6:25:41 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

On Christmas morning in 2002, Jack Whittaker woke up to perhaps the biggest gift imaginable. Whittaker had won the Powerball lottery jackpot -- a whopping $315 million.

"I got sick at my stomach, and I just was [at] a loss for words and advice," Whittaker said. "You know, I was really searching for advice, and it's, like, Christmas Day."

It was a made-for-TV Christmas story, and Whittaker's hardworking family became celebrities overnight. Whittaker's wife, Jewel, and their granddaughter Brandi Bragg would appear on no fewer than eight television shows. But as Whittaker celebrated his good fortune, he had no way of knowing that he was embarking on a journey that would lead to tragedy and the loss of everything he held dear.

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1 posted on 04/08/2007 6:25:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
If I ever win a jackpot like that I’ll disappear completely by getting a show on MSNBC.
2 posted on 04/08/2007 6:27:32 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It is true, once you have money everyone asks you for some of it and that is the bad side of it. If I had money I would give some away for noble causes like building churches, etc... but if someone wants me to buy them a hummer forget it!


3 posted on 04/08/2007 6:33:46 AM PDT by Halls (Please pray for Tony Snow and his family!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What people forget is that having that kind of money is a big responsibility. The money isn’t the problem, it’s how a person deals with it.


4 posted on 04/08/2007 6:34:45 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sic semper tyrannis -- Your dinosaur is ill.)
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To: mainepatsfan; rightwingintelligentsia
Sorry, I find no sympathy for him. You reap what you sow and he has obviously had a huge crop failure. With a little common sense, getting in touch with a decent financial counselor like Dave Ramsey, he would be a whole lot better off today and so would many others. He tried to do it on his own and fell flat on his face.

No sour grapes here, just pure facts and oh-by-the-way I do NOT throw my money into lottery tickets.

5 posted on 04/08/2007 6:36:12 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Whittaker hasn’t exactly been Mr Responsibility if he’s the guy I’m thinking of.


6 posted on 04/08/2007 6:36:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The money isn’t the problem, it’s how a person deals with it.

Bingo (NPI).

7 posted on 04/08/2007 6:38:53 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Islam is the non-dissolving flavah bomb in the melting pot of civilization.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

When the NFL councils new players, they tell them “if you wouldn’t buy a car for somebody now, don’t buy a car for them after you get your NFL salary.” It may sound cold, but it’s good advice.

In the town I grew up in, a pleasant family lived in town. The father was a professor, and the mother stayed home. The Mother would organize bake sales for schools and so forth. At one point, they were talking with us and said they planned to send their kids to boarding school starting their freshman year because they didn’t like the local school system.

Later, I asked my mother how that family could afford to send their two kids to boarding school for four years on a professor’s salary. “The mother’s dad is a billionaire.” my mother told me. “But please don’t tell anyone.”

That family was very happy.


8 posted on 04/08/2007 6:39:12 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Summary: Jack wins lotto. Jack throws the money around so everyone knows how wonderful he is. Jack's money attracts gold-diggers and other low-lifes and bad things happen to him and his family.

The End.

9 posted on 04/08/2007 6:40:15 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Halls

What’s hard is that if your start saying yes to requests for money, then everybody wants a piece and you’re suddenly deluged by an avalanche of requests. And, you’re an a-hole (in a lot of people’s eyes) if you say ‘no’. They love you as long as you’re giving, but people will turn on you in a big hurry.

Relatively speaking, the houses, cars, and other goodies are cheap. Even the alcohol and drugs are relatively cheap if you decide to go that way. What’s expensive is the people that claim to be your friends who are only there to slowly bleed you dry of money. Anna Nicole, a whole slew of other celebrities, and other lottery winners have found that out the hard way.

When you get that kind of money, you don’t instantly have all your problems solved. You just trade them in for different problems.


10 posted on 04/08/2007 6:40:29 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sic semper tyrannis -- Your dinosaur is ill.)
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To: TADSLOS
The money isn’t the problem, it’s how a person deals with it.

Bingo (NPI).

You bet, it would take forever to lose $315 million, even if you played 6 cards at a time.

11 posted on 04/08/2007 6:40:34 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s very difficult to manage money like that when you didn’t earn it. You tend not to appreciate it as much.

Still, I’d love to try. So I pay my “Stupid Tax” every week on Powerball.

Mark


12 posted on 04/08/2007 6:42:06 AM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pathetic.


13 posted on 04/08/2007 6:42:14 AM PDT by M203M4 (Lifetime spending on lottery tickets, draws, raffles, etc: $0.00 (math is power))
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To: Halls
"I would make a good Philanthropist. People would come to me for money and if I wanted to I would give them some and then they would owe me big time!" George Costanza
14 posted on 04/08/2007 6:42:37 AM PDT by nativist (Islam: an excuse to kill someone you don't like.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yup. And the article mentions a briefcase with $2,000 being stolen out of his car. I heard it was more like $200,000.


16 posted on 04/08/2007 6:52:15 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sic semper tyrannis -- Your dinosaur is ill.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This story has “white trash” written all over it.


17 posted on 04/08/2007 6:52:40 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

It’s also OK to drink it away if you do it through a straw.


18 posted on 04/08/2007 6:57:51 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: mainepatsfan
Jack Whittaker is a moron. If I ever win that kind of money. After I take care of my family, I would buy a nice place with a long driveway. At the edge of that driveway would be a sign that reads.
“No Trespassing”
“If you are found here at night. You will be found here in the morning”.
19 posted on 04/08/2007 7:04:46 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (You "abort" bad missile launches and carrier landings. Not babies.)
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To: Our man in washington
When the NFL councils new players, they tell them “if you wouldn’t buy a car for somebody now, don’t buy a car for them after you get your NFL salary.” It may sound cold, but it’s good advice.

I can see that, I really can. You have to be prepared for the parade of cousins and in-laws who want their cars or houses paid off, and will curse you and guilt-trip you every way they can when you say no. There will be extended family and in-laws that you'll probably just have to cut loose, sorry to say.

As for Mr. Whittaker, he's a friggin' loser for blaming all his problems on his money instead of admitting to poor planning and avoidance of responsibility. People who don't have $50 to their name have drug problems, too. It's sad that his granddaughter didn't have the self-esteem or coping skills to stay away from the crackheads that saw an easy opportunity and latched onto her. I guess she never learned that there are people that only like you as long as you're buying and supporting their bad habits, and they're not the people that you want to like you or hang out with you. Class isn't something you buy. Whittaker has millions of dollars and he's still a lowlife.

20 posted on 04/08/2007 7:12:27 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sic semper tyrannis -- Your dinosaur is ill.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

After winning a lottery, your first line of business after jumping up and down like an idiot is to contact a lawyer asap. A good one. Dont reveal your name and only work through the power of attorney.

I would then diversify my money through multiple banks and live off the interest only. Set up trust funds but never telling the kids of them until they become adults. Treat your life just as you did previously and keep yourself busy. Idle hands lead to ugly work.

Most of my donations would be done anonymously. I would like to do things spontaneously to people I find deserve it.

I also wouldnt quit my job because I like it so much.


21 posted on 04/08/2007 7:12:31 AM PDT by smith288 (Ohio State, close to being 2007 NCAA Champs)
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To: mainepatsfan
If I ever win a jackpot like that I’ll disappear completely by getting a show on MSNBC.

Yeah. Like....whathisname. Yeah!

DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING!

NO more calls, please.

We have a winner!

23 posted on 04/08/2007 7:35:28 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: BigCinBigD
“If you are found here at night. You will be found here in the morning”.

Also useful by the fathers of teenage daughters.

Cheers!

24 posted on 04/08/2007 7:37:22 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

When you get that kind of money, you don’t instantly have all your problems solved. You just trade them in for different problems.

Wasn’t there an article on FR this past week concerning these type of lotto winners?
99% of the large winners ended in hard ship worse then their previous life style.


25 posted on 04/08/2007 7:38:01 AM PDT by buck61
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The only “advice” a powerball winner needs is to take advantage of the fact you can claim the prize anonymously via a trust or similar legal structure. Your family's safety and security is most important and will only be comprimised by fame. Spend the money slowly and wisely and quietly.
26 posted on 04/08/2007 7:42:03 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: SLB
I’ll buy maybe two a year when the Powerball jackpot gets really high. The folks that get into real trouble are the ones addicted to the scratch tickets. I was at a convenience store the other day and the guy in front of me bought about $50 dollars worth.
27 posted on 04/08/2007 7:42:16 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: MarkL

Which explains why congress acts the way it does with our money.


28 posted on 04/08/2007 7:45:31 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Lotteries are a tax on the gullible.

I win the lottery every week. The dollar I don’t flush down that toilet is available for investing or spending.


29 posted on 04/08/2007 7:46:07 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: BigCinBigD

Agreed. I’d find a beautiful spot in a isolated area.


30 posted on 04/08/2007 7:46:52 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; patton
Whittaker believes that money isn't what makes people happy, family is.

it's too bad this belief came too late for him and his family
31 posted on 04/08/2007 7:48:56 AM PDT by leda (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: mainepatsfan

lol


32 posted on 04/08/2007 7:50:17 AM PDT by woofie
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To: mainepatsfan

“I’d find a beautiful spot in a isolated area.”
Yup. The only things I would need to make me happy would be esay access to a super Wal*Mart and a Sonic drive in. :)


33 posted on 04/08/2007 7:50:18 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (You "abort" bad missile launches and carrier landings. Not babies.)
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To: Baynative

LOL


34 posted on 04/08/2007 7:51:54 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Prevent Glo-Ball Warming ... turn out the sun when not in use)
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To: BigCinBigD

*easy*


35 posted on 04/08/2007 7:51:58 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (You "abort" bad missile launches and carrier landings. Not babies.)
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To: BigCinBigD
I’d go into town for supplies maybe every two months. Actually the way some people shop at WalMart I think I wouldn’t be only the one.
36 posted on 04/08/2007 7:53:20 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan
The Internet, satellite TV and a loaded shotgun. Man that would be nice.
37 posted on 04/08/2007 7:55:38 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (You "abort" bad missile launches and carrier landings. Not babies.)
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To: BigCinBigD
I’d need a winter place as well. Nothing much...just a place near Fort Myers, FL so I could scream at the Red Sox every spring training.
38 posted on 04/08/2007 7:58:44 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: smith288

After winning a lottery, your first line of business after jumping up and down like an idiot is to contact a lawyer asap. A good one. Don’t reveal your name and only work through the power of attorney.

I would then diversify my money through multiple banks and live off the interest only. Set up trust funds but never telling the kids of them until they become adults. Treat your life just as you did previously and keep yourself busy. Idle hands lead to ugly work.

Most of my donations would be done anonymously. I would like to do things spontaneously to people I find deserve it.

I also wouldn’t quit my job because I like it so much.

And, I believe you would do as you describe.
Too bad this poor fellow couldn’t possess some of your intelligence!
When people are raised as poor as Jack has described, they just aren’t able to handle large sums of money.

Unfortunately I have one grand son, and his father is destroying him by buying him expensive, everything. I have begged my daughter to put a stop to it , she says she has no control over my son in law. I have explained, at age 63 I have witnessed many children destroyed by this extravagance
spent on children.
He is 15 and, a very bright child. In school he seldom get anything lower then A’s in his studies.
His dad says, he didn’t have anything while growing up with an alcoholic father and, his child wouldn’t have to live like he did.


39 posted on 04/08/2007 8:07:28 AM PDT by buck61
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s not surprising that a simple, undeducated man, who pulled himself out of poverty by sheer work ethic was unable to handle unearned wealth.

He did make sincere efforts at philanthropy and generosity to church and charities.

But reckless spending on his immature, underage undisciplined grandchild was the cause of his family’s destruction.

There will be more of these tragedies.


40 posted on 04/08/2007 8:28:17 AM PDT by sodpoodle ( Carmen Sainz - is your friend!)
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To: BigCinBigD
“No Trespassing”

'Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be prosecuted'

41 posted on 04/08/2007 9:19:26 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~NOT~ an administrative, corporate, legal, or public entity!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; TADSLOS; Constitution Day
I love William Hogarth's stuff.

So cheery and uplifting!

42 posted on 04/08/2007 9:29:43 AM PDT by martin_fierro (see all 8 plates)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Lottery winners should have the right to remain anonymous.
Just list the name of the city where the winning ticket was purchased.
43 posted on 04/08/2007 9:31:41 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: BigCinBigD
“If you are found here at night. You will be found here in the morning”.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

44 posted on 04/08/2007 9:32:50 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: smith288

Great post!!!


45 posted on 04/08/2007 9:35:23 AM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You need a plan. If you enter the Lottery you need a plan in case you win. If you run for President you need a plan in case you win.


46 posted on 04/08/2007 9:35:59 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: Our man in washington
Later, I asked my mother how that family could afford to send their two kids to boarding school for four years on a professor’s salary. “The mother’s dad is a billionaire.” my mother told me. “But please don’t tell anyone.”

Warren Buffet pays for whatever education his grandkids want to pursue and then they are on their own.

Giving young people a huge amount of money is very destruct to good values.

“Give them enough so they can do what they want, but not so much that they do nothing.” ....... Warren Buffet

47 posted on 04/08/2007 9:53:58 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Proud2BeRight
I win the lottery every week. The dollar I don’t flush down that toilet is available for investing or spending.

Well, lahhhdeedaah. A dollar for a dream is cheaper and better for you than a pack of cigs or a can of chew.

48 posted on 04/08/2007 10:01:49 AM PDT by smith288 (Ohio State, close to being 2007 NCAA Champs)
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To: mainepatsfan
The folks that get into real trouble are the ones addicted to the scratch tickets. I was at a convenience store the other day and the guy in front of me bought about $50 dollars worth.

When Kentucky started the lottery with scratch tickets one of my coworkers, who was flat - dead broke, spent $1000 on a roll of scratch offs. He and his wife spent a weekend scratching off the cover and then on Monday he cashed in about $750 worth of winning tickets. A loss of 25%.

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation has a jingle that goes: "Somebody is bound to win, might as well be you." My family has changed that to: "Most people are gonna loose, and it will probably be you."

49 posted on 04/08/2007 11:28:38 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: SLB
When Kentucky started the lottery with scratch tickets one of my coworkers, who was flat - dead broke, spent $1000 on a roll of scratch offs. He and his wife spent a weekend scratching off the cover and then on Monday he cashed in about $750 worth of winning tickets. A loss of 25%.

Actually, given the odds, they did remarkably well. Although I play the Powerball, I do it with money that I would normally spend elsewhere, by not going to movies, or other things I could be spending it on. It works out to $5 a week, which isn't going to hurt me. But it's astonishing to see how blind most people are when it comes to lotteries. I guess things were slowing down with the Powerball, the multistate lottery when somebody came up with this winner of an idea. "Lets add more numbers, and promote it as a good thing!" They added more numbers to choose from, effectively reducing the odds of winning, but promoted it as "More ways to win!" They did increase the minimum winning jackpot from (I believe) 10 million to 15 million.

Mark

50 posted on 04/08/2007 12:12:05 PM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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