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Powerball Winner: Thieves Cleaned Me Out
NEW YORK POST ^ | Jan 12, 11:35 AM EST

Posted on 01/12/2007 10:17:19 AM PST by indcons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A man beset by problems since winning a record lottery jackpot says he can't pay a settlement to a casino worker because thieves cleaned out his bank accounts.

Powerball winner Jack Whittaker gave that explanation in a note last fall to a lawyer for Kitti French, who accused him of assaulting her at the Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center, a slots-only casino near Charleston, according to a motion French's lawyer filed this week demanding payment of the confidential settlement.

Whittaker won a nearly $315 million on Christmas 2002, then the largest undivided lottery prize in U.S. history. He took his winnings in a lump sum of $113 million after taxes.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: gambling; lottery; materilism; powerball
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1 posted on 01/12/2007 10:17:20 AM PST by indcons
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To: indcons

A couple of things stand out:

1. I can burn through $113 million dollars in 2 years.

2. It's not my fault.

(He's a lib)


2 posted on 01/12/2007 10:18:51 AM PST by BunnySlippers (SAY YES TO RUDY !!!)
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To: indcons

Stupid is as stupid does!


3 posted on 01/12/2007 10:18:57 AM PST by SomeoneNeedsToSayIt
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To: indcons

I'll bet the dog ate his homework in school, too.


4 posted on 01/12/2007 10:19:39 AM PST by norwaypinesavage
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To: BunnySlippers
"A man beset by problems since winning a record lottery jackpot says..."

Usually, it is the other way around.
5 posted on 01/12/2007 10:21:00 AM PST by indcons
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To: indcons

I have a feeling a lot of his winnings are "offshore".


6 posted on 01/12/2007 10:21:16 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: indcons

If I recall correctly, he..

..gave a goodly sum to his church

..was an extravagant tipper at booby bars

..acted like a boob at titty bars (leaving 500,000 in a briefcase in the SUV)


7 posted on 01/12/2007 10:21:30 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: indcons

This knucklehead put 113-million-dollars in a bank? Where FDIC coverage is only 100-grand per account?

Perhaps he owned T-Bills or T-Notes?

Poor devil.


8 posted on 01/12/2007 10:21:44 AM PST by RexBeach (In war there is no substitute for victory. - Douglas MacArthur)
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To: indcons

Gambling... this is why I vote against it year after year.


9 posted on 01/12/2007 10:22:53 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: indcons

This is the guy that had $50,000 cash on the front seat of his brand new surburban that was stolen while he was in a strip club.


10 posted on 01/12/2007 10:23:48 AM PST by Lokibob (Greatest snow on earth. www.utahweatherlinks.com)
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To: LowOiL

The lottery is just a tax on the stupid, but that's okay usually the stupid don't pay any taxes.


11 posted on 01/12/2007 10:24:22 AM PST by NavVet (O)
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To: TC Rider
..was an extravagant tipper at booby bars

a fool and his boobies are soon parted.

12 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:04 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: indcons
He put his millions into bank accounts and not into investments?

Something definitely stinks about his story...
13 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:11 AM PST by divine_moment_of_facts ("So, I put on some tangerine lip gloss and answered the door.. I was one lucky woman.")
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To: indcons
Looks like winner to me.


14 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:28 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: indcons

He's a casino visitor. Nuff said.


15 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:30 AM PST by Fawn (NEVER GO TO 'APPLIANCE KING' IN BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA--THEY SCAM YOU!!!)
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To: indcons
Thieves Cleaned Me Out

He must have put it all into Air America stock. ;~))

16 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:32 AM PST by Ditto
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To: indcons
Thieves Cleaned Me Out

He must have put it all into Air America stock. ;~))

17 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:33 AM PST by Ditto
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To: indcons

Hey these things happen. Why, just the other day, I was ... oh, nevermind.


18 posted on 01/12/2007 10:27:17 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: theDentist
He's not that smart.

I only wish I'd been able to find him and pitch an idea or two.

A fool and his money will soon part. The key is to be in the area when said event occurs.
19 posted on 01/12/2007 10:27:27 AM PST by SomeoneNeedsToSayIt
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To: LowOiL

Agreed. I try to defend my state from time to time against unfair criticism, but the fact that we lead the nation in scratch tickets sold each year is something to be "proud" of like electing Kerry and Kennedy.


20 posted on 01/12/2007 10:27:55 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Lokibob

Twice, at least...


21 posted on 01/12/2007 10:29:07 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: ladtx

He looks like he DRANK through his millions! LOL!


22 posted on 01/12/2007 10:29:21 AM PST by divine_moment_of_facts ("So, I put on some tangerine lip gloss and answered the door.. I was one lucky woman.")
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To: indcons
(Since so called "winning")he has faced his granddaughter's death by drug overdose; he has been sued for bouncing checks at Atlantic City, N.J., casinos; he has been ordered to undergo rehab after being arrested on drunken driving charges; his vehicles and business have been burglarized; and he has been sued by the father of an 18-year-old boy, a friend of his granddaughter's, who was found dead in Whittaker's house.

Sounds like winning wasn't the American dream. Materilism at it best.

Forget what's in you wallet... What's your God?

23 posted on 01/12/2007 10:29:48 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: LowOiL

Yep...couldn't agree more. Sounds like all that wealth got him nowhere.


24 posted on 01/12/2007 10:32:09 AM PST by indcons
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To: HostileTerritory
Agreed. I try to defend my state from time to time against unfair criticism

Glad you put the disclaimer "unfair" in that sentence, cause there isn't enought hours in the day.

25 posted on 01/12/2007 10:33:26 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: indcons

I watched some show about the "curse" of lotto winners. I was amazed at how many wind up bankrupt, divorced, in jail or dead.


26 posted on 01/12/2007 10:34:05 AM PST by AUJenn
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To: theDentist
Whittaker told French's lawyer, John Barrett, that "a team of crooks" cashed checks in September at 12 City National Bank branches and "got all my money,"

He is a liar. No one keeps large amounts of money in a checking account. You keep it in some other account and transfer it to checking as needed.

27 posted on 01/12/2007 10:34:17 AM PST by staytrue
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To: indcons
I always liked the term "dumber than a fence post"

It just amazes me that these people (lottery winners) still do this kind of stuff (blow it all).

Don't they realize that this stuff has happened in the past and they should take steps to keep it from happening to their selves?

Lotteries are an evil side of our government; they prey on the less informed and funnel money to govt coffers.
28 posted on 01/12/2007 10:34:27 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: RexBeach

You can insure bank deposits for any amount. Usually, the bank will pick up the tab for the extra insurance, since they want the deposit.


29 posted on 01/12/2007 10:36:02 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: indcons

He won the jackpot twice.

He has, or had if he blew it, a large company so he isn't hurting for cash.


30 posted on 01/12/2007 10:38:33 AM PST by Sensei Ern (http://www.myspace.com/reconcomedy - Time's 2006 Person of the Year)
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To: indcons

I thought Mike Tyson was the only moron who could blow through that kind of money that fast.


31 posted on 01/12/2007 10:39:20 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: indcons
Hey, I sent ya a PM message (off subject)... Hope ya like it.

Hint: Marchingband

32 posted on 01/12/2007 10:40:03 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Who cashed the checks that could clean out a $100 milllion dollar bank account? Fishy


33 posted on 01/12/2007 10:40:47 AM PST by chesley ("Socialism" - compassion for those that don't have any.)
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To: Fawn
He's a casino visitor. Nuff said.

...just like Bill Bennett....

34 posted on 01/12/2007 10:40:58 AM PST by paulat
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To: indcons
Man, if I won $315 million, not only would I still have it in hand, but very few people would ever see me again. I'd just flat up and disappear to a castle hidden within a remote Western US mountain range. Supplies would be flown in via helicopter.

At that point, I would be so rich as to transcend politics like the old money Mayflower yuppies of New England: Who cares about politics when the system works just fine ... at least from the ultra-rich perspective.

Why John Kerry thinks he needs to be a Senator is beyond my comprehension, at least for me considering his position. He's got everything he could possibly want, so he must be pretending he's Santa Claus for the needy with our money. It's just a hobby to him. He couldn't possibly genuinely care, could he?

35 posted on 01/12/2007 10:41:57 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Rakkasan1

Yeah, but how do fools and boobies get together in the first place?


36 posted on 01/12/2007 10:44:42 AM PST by RexBeach (In war there is no substitute for victory. - Douglas MacArthur)
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To: indylindy

Golfer John Daly claims to have gambled and drank away $ 55 million dollars in the last 20 years or so, fwiw.


37 posted on 01/12/2007 10:44:43 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: The KG9 Kid
You could buy your own private country for that amount.

The smallest country in the world is for sale.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1764342/posts

38 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:31 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: LowOiL

LOL!


39 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:40 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: subterfuge

Now I did know about that one. It took him awhile, though. Shame he has to claim that. ouch!


40 posted on 01/12/2007 10:46:40 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: BunnySlippers

I told him to stick to Viagra, but no, he'd have none of that; he wanted the big time and bought four cases of Cialis and threw away all his hat racks.


41 posted on 01/12/2007 10:48:58 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: paulat

"...just like Bill Bennett...."

I didn't know Bill Benntt lost millions of dollars of his lottery winnings. News to me.


42 posted on 01/12/2007 10:51:03 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: ozzymandus

Thank you for the information. I've always wondered about how a person could be protected that had over a hundred thousand in a bank. Not that I ever had that much.


43 posted on 01/12/2007 10:53:36 AM PST by jerry639
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To: AUJenn

I've heard somewhere that something like 1/3 of all lottery winners (millionaire, not dollar scratchers) end up filing for bankruptcy in 2 years or less.

Hardly surprising. But we keep pushing this crap because "it's for the children"!


44 posted on 01/12/2007 10:53:50 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: indylindy

Yeah, the poor guy goes to golf tournaments knowing he'll fork over half of any winnings to his bookies. Those are his words.


45 posted on 01/12/2007 10:53:51 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: dmw
I didn't know Bill Benntt lost millions of dollars of his lottery winnings. News to me.

No...I meant losing millions of dollars in casinos.

46 posted on 01/12/2007 10:54:51 AM PST by paulat
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To: NavVet
The lottery is just a tax on the stupid, but that's okay usually the stupid don't pay any taxes.

The makings of a great alternative tagline.

47 posted on 01/12/2007 10:55:22 AM PST by LowOiL (Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9))
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To: subterfuge

He must be a gambling addicted fool. Oh well, if thats what he wants.


48 posted on 01/12/2007 10:55:54 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: OCCASparky
I've heard somewhere that something like 1/3 of all lottery winners (millionaire, not dollar scratchers) end up filing for bankruptcy in 2 years or less.

My Brother-In-Law never tired of telling me that until I told him "That's because they gave money to their in-laws, I won't make that mistake."

49 posted on 01/12/2007 10:56:03 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: indcons
Whittaker won a nearly $315 million on Christmas 2002, then the largest undivided lottery prize in U.S. history. He took his winnings in a lump sum of $113 million after taxes.

Putting aside this guy's personal story, what a scam the lottery is! The government collects 300 mil from the public and only has to give 100 mil back.
50 posted on 01/12/2007 11:00:18 AM PST by over3Owithabrain
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