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Powerball Winner Says He's Cursed by His Jackpot (won $315 million)
ABC News ^ | 04-06-07 | MARTIN BASHIR and SARA HOLMBERG

Posted on 04/08/2007 10:34:54 PM PDT by blackbeardsghost

Whittaker bought and decorated an elaborate home for Bragg and her mother that included a perfect recreation of the bottle from the 1960's TV sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." He also gave Brandi about $2,000 a week and bought her four new cars. Whittaker said while Bragg was only 17 years old at the time, she was very responsible with her money.

"To a young kid cars mean a lot," Whittaker said. "She had four cars and I'm very proud that she had four cars."

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1 posted on 04/08/2007 10:34:55 PM PDT by blackbeardsghost
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To: blackbeardsghost
Powerball Winner Says He's Cursed by His Jackpot

O Lord, curse me!

2 posted on 04/08/2007 10:39:04 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: blackbeardsghost

Neil Boortz was right about lotto winners afterall !


3 posted on 04/08/2007 10:39:14 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Is Romney the next Reagan ? ....It's looking like it ....)
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


4 posted on 04/08/2007 10:40:47 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: blackbeardsghost

You can take the man out of the trailer, but you can’t take the trailer out of the man.


5 posted on 04/08/2007 10:42:26 PM PDT by cryptical (Bruce Schneier can smell weak keys.)
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To: kalee

Money is not the root of evil. The lottery winnings didn’t cause the problem. He could have packed up and moved somewhere else, ignored the requests for money, cut off funds to his grandaughter, donated his money as he saw fit, invested the rest in fixed-income securities, established trusts, etc.


6 posted on 04/08/2007 10:46:28 PM PDT by College Repub
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To: blackbeardsghost
"To a young kid cars mean a lot," Whittaker said. "She had four cars and I'm very proud that she had four cars." Image and video hosting by TinyPic
7 posted on 04/08/2007 10:48:22 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX (Bible Thumper and Proud!))
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To: blackbeardsghost

There are many who feel cursed by some heavy thing in their life, and their are others who cannot free themselves from the thing the have become...

but God can free us. What became a curse becomes a blessing, and what binds us is broken; no matter the burden, be it gold or the grave, it becomes Grace in the hands of God.


8 posted on 04/08/2007 10:49:22 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: cryptical

this guy is not trailer trash, read the article

“Rob Dunlap, one of Whittaker’s many attorneys, said Whittaker has spent at least $3 million dollars fending off lawsuits.

“I’ve had over 400 legal claims made on me or one of my companies since I’ve won the lottery, “ said Whittaker.

When asked why that might happen, Whittaker said it’s because “everybody wants something for nothing.”


9 posted on 04/08/2007 10:49:40 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: College Repub
Money is not the root of evil.

In this case it sounds like cars are.

10 posted on 04/08/2007 10:50:42 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: College Repub

I agree. Giving a 17 year old two grand a week for allowance is razy. What did grandpa think she needed that much money for? If it’s for college, set it up in an account. Otherwise it is way too much for a kid.


11 posted on 04/08/2007 10:58:07 PM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: blackbeardsghost

His biggest mistake was to go public and appear on TV shows.


12 posted on 04/08/2007 10:59:33 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Alter Kaker

Did you read the whole thing?

Please Lord, don’t curse me.


13 posted on 04/08/2007 11:04:25 PM PDT by DB
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To: College Repub

No, the money was not the problem. He can’t bring himself to admit he messed up so he blames it on a curse as though the money held a gun to his head and made him make bad decisions. The lottery is not a curse. People who have little money can also completely wreck themselves and their families. If he had not become wealthy it is likely he’d be blaming his problems on drinking, etc. Sometimes I think the media just loves stories about screwed up lottery winners to discourage people from striving to be rich.


14 posted on 04/08/2007 11:07:16 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: A knight without armor
It cracks me up that he parked in the middle of the drive way at the Pink Pony while he went in to "get me a drink to go..."

Since this is a strip club, I'm assuming it wasn't a Coke he was picking up, in which case he's got way bigger problems than just the Curse of the Lottery.

15 posted on 04/08/2007 11:11:43 PM PDT by IrishRainy (I used to NEVER finish anything, but now I)
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To: cryptical

He was a hardworking, self-made guy: read the article.


16 posted on 04/08/2007 11:13:13 PM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: A knight without armor; All

Exactly. He made a crapload of bad choices, and won’t accept responsibility for it. A smart lottery winner would create a number of holding companies with nominees and stay off the TV!
And if you wanted to donate a lot do it anonymously. But noooo. Had to have his name out there. Heck I wouldn’t tell a soul except my law firm I’d hire prior to actually claiming the ticket. And that I would have the lawyers do and I would never make myself even known.

And for chrissakes don’t give a young kid a crapload of money and be proud of it!

Tho, most smart people don’t play lottery, really.


17 posted on 04/08/2007 11:33:57 PM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: farlander

Duhhhh, when anybody wins a major lottery prize isn’t actually awarding the prize conditional on letting the lottery people publicize the winner’s name, face, and address all over creation?


18 posted on 04/08/2007 11:35:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: dandelion

And what do riches profit a man, except that he may lay eyes on them - Ecclesiastes

... as I recall it!


19 posted on 04/08/2007 11:47:46 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: blackbeardsghost

Ever since I sat down and thought through it, and realized that if lightning ever struck, and I did win it, that it would be one of the worst possible things that could happen to me, I stopped buying powerball tickets.


20 posted on 04/08/2007 11:52:07 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: A knight without armor
Sometimes I think the media just loves stories about screwed up lottery winners to discourage people from striving to be rich.

I think striving to be rich is great. I strive to be rich. I may not make it, but if I do, it'll be by earning it. If someone dumps a hundred mill in my lap, though, it would turn me into something worthless. Perhaps you, and many others here, are made of better stuff. But, I know my tendencies and I'm best off working.

21 posted on 04/08/2007 11:56:43 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: blackbeardsghost

He certainly made some bad decisions, and I suspect the roots of some of the problems predate his winning the lottery. It’s still a very sad story, though.


22 posted on 04/09/2007 12:02:32 AM PDT by DemforBush
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To: SoDak

We are made out of the very same stuff. You’d be fine. You’d take care of yourself. Nothing will ever make you worthless. You are very worthy indeed.


23 posted on 04/09/2007 12:03:47 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: blackbeardsghost

Well, he needed to adopt “ef off” as his middle name. His life would have become so much easier.


24 posted on 04/09/2007 12:04:02 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: cryptical
"You can take the man out of the trailer, but you can’t take the trailer out of the man."

His business did 15 Million the year he won the Lotto !

He didn't need the money at all !

25 posted on 04/09/2007 12:05:02 AM PDT by america-rules
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To: blackbeardsghost

The ABC story didn’t shed near enough light on this story. He had an opportunity to seed a lot of money into businesses into this state to help stir the economy. Yet the only thing he stirs up is jackassery. I feel no pity for the man or his family.


26 posted on 04/09/2007 12:34:03 AM PDT by WVNight (We havn't played Cowboys and Muslims yet....)
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To: blackbeardsghost

I always figured keep it quiet, low profile, never say how much you won IF you even tell anyone you did. Probably better not too at all. make graceful exits from your job, have a cover story, interview financial advisors, invest, diversify.
You have a new job, manage that money.

GET OUT OF DODGE.

Slowly start building your new life, and be smart about it.

These people go ape, they tell the world, they spend gobs of money foolishly though perhaps good intentioned, they are reckless.

That kind of money is not money anymore.
It is an engine. It is a gift that must be respected because of the amazing things you can do with it.

Short term yeah, you can put on a show and blow gobs like this guy did.

long term, you could do SO much more good work for people, investing it, growing it, managing it properly.

Sad. They should counsel winners about this stuff.


27 posted on 04/09/2007 12:35:25 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: blackbeardsghost
Why do so many winners allow their names to be publicly announced? I would wish to remain anonymous if possible.
28 posted on 04/09/2007 12:46:50 AM PDT by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
"Sad. They should counsel winners about this stuff."

It's not just lotteries. Kids inheriting a fortune face the same trauma.

Here's the deal: money amplifies your existing habits. If you had a slight spending problem before getting the big windfall, then you will have a large spending problem after.

On the other hand, if you were living within your means based solely on your own personal fiscal discipline, then you'll probably do fine. Not every kid who inherits daddy's company blows it, after all.

The trick is always to spend *less* than your income so that you are always growing richer. Hard to go wrong that way...

29 posted on 04/09/2007 12:52:50 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: miliantnutcase
Why do so many winners allow their names to be publicly announced? I would wish to remain anonymous if possible.

It's in return for the payment. You have to be part of the lottery's publicity machine, otherwise, nobody would know someone won, and people would stop buying tickets.

No publicity, no money.

Mark

30 posted on 04/09/2007 1:33:12 AM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: cryptical

One thing about trailer trash they OWN something however apartment trash are OWNED.


31 posted on 04/09/2007 2:12:31 AM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: MarkL
Why do so many winners allow their names to be publicly announced? I would wish to remain anonymous if possible.

It's in return for the payment. You have to be part of the lottery's publicity machine, otherwise, nobody would know someone won, and people would stop buying tickets.

Not quite right. They print your name so that other lotto players will know that the winner is not connected to the lottery and everything is on the up and up. This is law in most states that hold lotteries.

That being said, if you go on TV, or give extended interviews, the lottery WILL set that up in the name of publicity, but it isn't a requirement to getting the prize. As long as you are of age and you broke no rules in obtaining the ticket, you will get your prize.

If I won I would leave my job, sell my house, change my phone number, get a good lawyer, and financial adviser, BEFORE I turned in the ticket. Give the lottery the absolute minimum information, and get out of Dodge for several months at least. I would take a vacation, and keep my circumstances to myself. That isn't a cure all but it's better than "appearing on 8 TV shows" in the first couple of days.

32 posted on 04/09/2007 2:47:00 AM PDT by Wingy
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To: staytrue
Whitaker had a construction company:

"..By the time Whittaker won the lottery, he said, he was doing $16 million to $17 million worth of work. He enjoyed years of success with few complaints, but less than a year after winning the lottery things began to change.

Rob Dunlap, one of Whittaker's many attorneys, said Whittaker has spent at least $3 million dollars fending off lawsuits.

"I've had over 400 legal claims made on me or one of my companies since I've won the lottery, " said Whittaker..."

I bet he got sued over every little real or imagined defect in every construction job he did over the few years preceding his win.

Going as public as he did was a mistake, but a bunch of lawsuits would probably have hit him anyway.

33 posted on 04/09/2007 3:23:55 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: blackbeardsghost

I will gladly take the money....
.....I know I can deal with it a whole lot better than this guy.


34 posted on 04/09/2007 3:30:59 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Betty Jane
Warren Buffet gave his kids $100,000 each, once, lifetime, no inheritance. Giving kids tons of money without making demands on them is one of the worst things parents or grandparents can do.
35 posted on 04/09/2007 3:40:58 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.")
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To: blackbeardsghost

El Rushbo himself has spoken about how all the money changed his life.

Its pretty scary and dangerous.

If it happened to me I would have to totally change my life and put everyone who I know now out of my life.

The least you can do if you win a jackpot is to collect it in secret.


36 posted on 04/09/2007 3:43:31 AM PDT by Nextrush ( Chris Matthews Band: "I get high....I get high.....I get high.....McCain......")
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To: Wingy
".. As long as you are of age and you broke no rules in obtaining the ticket, you will get your prize."

There are a couple of states where you do not have to disclose your name but in the others your name is disclosed, but you do not have to give interviews. I heard the lottery suggests you give one interview at least or the reporters would hunt you down. Whitaker sought out publicity compounding his problems.

37 posted on 04/09/2007 3:52:58 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: A knight without armor
If he had not become wealthy it is likely he’d be blaming his problems on drinking

If he had a drinking problem drinking would be the last thing he'd blame his problems on.

38 posted on 04/09/2007 3:58:01 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: blackbeardsghost

When I was sixteen my dad bought me a new car. I went out and got drunk and totalled it.
So he bought me a new car. I went out and got drunk and totalled it.
So he bought me a new car.
I think my dad’s trying to kill me. (I forget the comic’s name)


39 posted on 04/09/2007 4:01:38 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yep. So you change your looks for the appearances.

And you hire some good lawyers and accountants. . .


40 posted on 04/09/2007 4:04:35 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: MarkL

That’s not how it works in the FL lotto system. Must be a powerball thing.


41 posted on 04/09/2007 4:10:45 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: DemforBush

True, but his very first decision should have been to donate 10% of his winnings to the Lord and charity (31.5 million). Maybe he will still do that when he wakes up. Amen.


42 posted on 04/09/2007 4:13:01 AM PDT by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: Alexander Rubin

This guy and one of his old companies beat our company out of about 20,000.00 in the 1980’s. He got what he deserves. He is no Boy Scout!


43 posted on 04/09/2007 4:14:55 AM PDT by nape1
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To: dr_lew

“And what do riches profit a man, except that he may lay eyes on them - Ecclesiastes”

Here’s one for you:
“The Lord maketh rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”


44 posted on 04/09/2007 4:21:03 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: blackbeardsghost
Whittaker believes that money isn't what makes people happy — family is.

A sad story and sadly he still doesn't get it. He was engaged in a life of sin before winning the lottery and it only got worse after he won the lotto. For real freedom he needs to repent and turn to God.

45 posted on 04/09/2007 4:28:11 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: cryptical

People who buy Powerball tickets have already proven that they cannot handle money. So, it stands to reason,,,,


46 posted on 04/09/2007 4:57:44 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: HiTech RedNeck; farlander
Duhhhh, when anybody wins a major lottery prize isn’t actually awarding the prize conditional on letting the lottery people publicize the winner’s name, face, and address all over creation?

Not here in Oklahoma. A recent big winner (>$100k) followed the advice in farlander's post just before yours (lawyers, blind trusts, etc.). Really cheesed off the media...some have pushed for a change in the law. I think they should keep it as is so the winners have the choice of the level of publicity desired.

47 posted on 04/09/2007 5:01:38 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Betty Jane; Alter Kaker

His beloved granddaughter got on drugs; disappeared and was found dead some weeks later wrapped in a plastic sheet - murder, overdose?

Mrs VS


48 posted on 04/09/2007 5:04:04 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: america-rules

What amazes me in this thread are the number of replies that show the posters read only the first fews lines of the story and then assumed the rest.


49 posted on 04/09/2007 5:07:55 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Vaduz
One thing about trailer trash they OWN something

Not necessarily - there are many trailer parks that are rental units...

50 posted on 04/09/2007 5:11:24 AM PDT by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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