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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:37 PM
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Lottery Winner's Wife Regrets $314.9 million Ticket
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Since winning the lottery two years ago, her husband, Jack Whittaker, has been arrested twice for drunken driving and has been ordered into rehab. He pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge for attacking a bar manager, and is accused in two lawsuits of making trouble at a nightclub and a racetrack.

There have been several thefts involving Whittaker's vehicle, his office and his house in Scott Depot. One of the thefts occurred at his home in September on the same day an 18-year-old friend of Whittaker's granddaughter was found dead there. The death remains under investigation.

Last week Whittaker, 57, reported his granddaughter missing. Putnam County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Arthur said the granddaughter is not considered a kidnapping victim.

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns...
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:39 PM
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1. What a shame
the change in fortune was not a blessing to them. I'm sure there is more to this family's story, though, than this little AP piece...
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:39 PM
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2. Cry me a river.
First off, don't go public if you win.

Second, if you don't want the damn money send it to me.
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fertilizeonarbusto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:42 PM
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4. hear, hear, ronnyk!
n/t
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:42 PM
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3. Well, to quote from the movie Fiddler on the Roof...
Perchik: Money is the world's curse.
Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover.

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LSdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:43 PM
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5. Lottery winners, sadly, often end up worse than they were before they won
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:47 PM
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:50 PM
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7. She can prompltly write out a check for the remainder of her winnings...
and send it to my address.

I'm pretty sure that I can handle it.
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:06 PM
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9. I'll split it with you...
We'll both be "safer" that way. :evilgrin:

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:58 PM
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8. Why can't people with a social conscience--a cause-- ever win?
While I'd set aside enough to live comfortably (but not wealthily) for myself and my family members, I'd immediately establish one or more foundations for the bulk of the $$-- that were irrevocably targeted at specific foundation objectives and could not be used for anyone's personal use.

What is really sad to me is when very very young people win, who almost never have the maturity to deal with it. Then they use it to try to bulk up their self-esteem and disaster almost always results.
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:08 PM
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10. Very young people almost never win.
Every time I see someone win, it's some old people with a paid-off house who really don't need the money all that much. I'd be very happy if a young person would win once in a while.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 03:12 PM
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13. We've had quite a few very young people win the Colorado lottery...
Including one guy that won TWICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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forgethell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 02:39 PM
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11. Check this out
Lottery winner's earnings to aid children's cemetery

http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/s...


MERRY CHRISTMAS :-)
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 03:12 PM
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12. Oh, Thank You for that! Now that gives me a little faith in my fellow
human!
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 03:20 PM
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14. According to the article, they did give $20 million to charity
Edited on Tue Dec-14-04 03:20 PM by Khephra
So I wouldn't say that they were without a social conscience.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:36 PM
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16. I missed that.....
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:28 PM
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19. If memory serves, they gave money to rightwing causes
and if not that, to a couple rightwinger-type churches, anyway.

Though I am certainly no expert on what they did, but I remember the dude talking about his pentecostal/Evangelical churches that he was going to give 10-20 million to.
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Nay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:06 PM
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15. I'll never forget the Guatemalan woman who won 9 or 10 million
and took it back to her village and used it to build wells for clean water, a health clinic, houses for everybody, etc. I hate it when two retired doctors or lawyers win a hundred mil. What a waste!
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:01 PM
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17. That's the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:10 PM
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18. NH winner collects twice on same lottery.
Soooo dumb, and soooo lucky.
Guy did his numbers.
Birthdays or something.
5-12-43-2-17-51
Ticket came out "wrong"
He plugged his sequence in again.
Still "wrong".
He complained to the 7-11 clerk.
Clerk says "Sir, the numbers come out on the ticket in numerical order.
See? 2-5-12-17-43-51.
You got the numbers you picked, just not in the order you picked 'em."

"Oh."

There were three winning tickets.
Dumbass had two of them.
There ain't no justice.
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