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Friday, September 14, 2007

Jack Whittaker Update

WhittakerEarlier on this blog, I reported on lottery winner Jack Whittaker and the problems that befell him after winning over $300 million in 2002.

The following are the highlights from a recent interview reported in AP, Powerball winner Jack Whittaker answers questions about the jackpot, his troubles, SignOnSanDiego.com, Sept. 13, 2007:

  • Mr. Whittaker continues to play the lottery, sometimes buying $100 worth of tickets at one time.
  • He advises lottery winners not to give money away because once you start, people deem you an "easy touch" and pester you relentlessly for money.
  • He uses part of his windfall to finance people who purchase cars and homes from his businesses.
  • He does not enjoy going out because of the public recognition.

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Jack,

Please remember where you came from and are going in life. No amount of money can buy ANY amount of happiness, not even a seed of it. When our time is done on this earth, 'money' will not help one soul get into Heaven, but it is our good deeds and our good life, and our Love for God that will assist us. God Bless You from Alaska.

Posted by: Karen Garcia | Sep 14, 2007 11:12:32 AM

Reading all of these comments, I fell asleep. Once you start helping others it seems like the whole world wants your help all of the sudden. I am going to admit Jack, you leaving the suitcase full of money in the car is a little foolish, but I did the same thing once except for I left a purse with $5 and that even got stolen. I do need money, all of us do, in some type of way. Personalty I have school loans to pay back, over 100.000. But I am not asking you for the money, I am actually praying for God to pay this off. I don't know if you believe in God or not, but what do you have to lose by going to church once in a while? With all this money, you feel like you still need something more in your life, don't you? Let me know if you want me to research a good church for you where ever you live because I will. I am not telling you to believe in God or forcing you in it, I am asking you to try to just visit a church and pray to God to be there with you. You are a good person, and I feel so bad for your loses. But my dad always told me, if you are still alive, it isn't too late to change whatever you want to change. It will be too late once your gone. Think about that. Well I will keep you in my prayers, God Bless you and Good Luck Jack.
Julia
P.S don't let these people remember you as a lottery winner, you can change that. Also, everyone who is mean to you, they are jealous! I am jealous of you too in some parts, but not in everything. Find happiness, you'll find life. And one more thing, maybe you should open some type of scholarship program for students that trying to go to school and hard for them to pay all those loans of, that is a good way for everyone to remember you as a caring, sweet man. Everything happens for a reason, you won the money for a reason, find out why.

Posted by: Julia | Sep 16, 2007 10:19:48 AM

Mr.Whittaker,
I lost my son 2 years ago to the "demons"Morphine in his case.He was just 22,and he too,tried to fight them off,but lost in the end.It helps sometimes to talk about it.Other times,I'd rather not.
You are a good man.You have done a lot of great things.There will be a special place in heaven for you.And yes,you will see your grand daughter again.We have to believe that.That is what makes life worth living.

Posted by: S.L. | Sep 17, 2007 7:37:38 AM

Hi I am writing from the Embassy of Colombia, The Embajador would like any contact info of Jack Whittaker. Please if any one can help. It is important.

Posted by: cHAVONNE | Sep 21, 2007 6:21:26 AM

Dear Jack,
I am so sorry about your grand daughter.
I lost my sister in December 06, she was
murdered in her bed. We still don't know
who killed her. I know the pain and
suffering that you are going through.
If you would like to talk to me, you can e-mail
me.

Posted by: Debra | Sep 23, 2007 8:43:05 AM

My husband read the Oakland Tribune everyday. We have recently separated and a pile of his news papers were in a bin and as I passed by the pile everyday, I suddenly picked up a copy of a September 14 Trib and read the story of Jack Whittaker. I have never had the monetary fortune that he has had, but I have had the sadness that he feels. When you feel as though you cannot trust. When the hurt is so large inside. I am a marketing management consultant. I was in the process of searching for a job when my husband walked out on me and our 11 year and left me with no money, and rapidly piling bills. The hurt and distrust is huge and I can honestly feel his pain when I look at the photo. I always wished that I could win the lottery, but now days I just wish for my phone to ring to help me pay the rent and food on my childs table. I am being told that I am being evicted this week, and I am fearful for my child and disgusted. Yet my thoughts are with him. I wish Mr. Whittaker the best of luck. If this message reaches him, I wish it reaches him well.

Posted by: Lori Marion | Oct 8, 2007 1:10:57 PM

Hi Jack...

Hope all is well. Doesn't it seem like you inherited a trillion "friends" after winning the lottery? Crazy huh? It never ceases to amaze me how people come out of the woodwork, back alleys, over the rivers and through the woods when someone receives a windfall. I didn't see anyone else at the press release but you and your family who were the rightful winners and sole owner of the ticket.

While it's nice to be nice, you didn't owe anyone - ANYTHING. You didn't have to give a dime of any of that money away. Just like you played the lottery - so can they..period.

You are a generous man who received a lump sum of fun money...however...everyone else tried to have fun off of your bank account.

People, stop being so greedy. This is not free money. They didn't just hand the money to Jack, he had a dollar and a dream just like you. Who are you to take all of that away from him? It's not right. Do you think he has a moral obligation to give you his winnings? No he does not. Stop trying to scam him or appear to be his friend. You are not his friend and he has had more than his share of sob stories. ALL of us need money, that's why WE keep PLAYING the lottery and perhaps one day OUR ship will come in. Why can't the man enjoy his money in peace? If he gives it all away, what will he have?

Jack, I pray you hit another jackpot and you go into hiding. Hire a security staff, bodyguards, put up a no tresspassing sign - violators will be prosecuted, fire the mailman and rip the phone out of the wall.

LEAVE THE MAN ALONE PEOPLE!

Posted by: Ms. C. | Feb 14, 2008 1:15:35 PM

God Bless you Jack!!!!! I play lotto with my hubby sometimes and I am sorry I am learning "life of a winner" of all the bad stuff.So sorry about your daughter but I feel she is in heaven. But think of the ones you helped!!! I am not wanting anything from you, I just want to say you are good and people whom took advantage of you will get what they get in life. Remember everyone that is good! I like to remember all the service men and women that keep our nation free! And I want to say that it'll be ok.
Look around you there are some that are still with you and did not ask for anything !!!! God Bless You and all military!~!

Posted by: M.K. | Aug 3, 2008 8:30:53 AM

Jack Whittaker your the man i wish you the best of luck with the rest of your ages. I am 22 years old I live in Gilbert AZ my pay pal is the same as my email. If you sent me 100,000.00 i would send it back along with 100,000 hugs, or Id write 100,000 comments. I hope your days now are getting better and that your smiling.

Take care friend. I love you

Posted by: Ehren Krug | Aug 16, 2008 1:50:17 AM

hello jack, not sure if u will get to read this, i hope so... I'm from morgantown w.v., now live around deep creek lake maryland. great vacation area, hope u come my way. would love to talk with you and get to know you, i'm not like the others, not after your money.. I think you're a man that could have alot to say and i would love to listen.contact me and lets talk. We'll talk about anything u wish....tabbycat4ever@yahoo.com

Posted by: tabby | May 1, 2009 4:30:27 PM

how sad i cant even imagine omg aweful money does awful things hopefully he is doing ok thats all i really care about xoxo Jack amber

email is

amber.nielson@gmail.com

if you ever need to talk

Posted by: amber Nielson | Oct 9, 2009 6:38:13 PM

Dear Mr. Whittaker,
Would it possible for you to pay off all of my student loans?
Thank you for any response.

Sincerely,
T.D.

Posted by: T.D, | Dec 4, 2010 9:00:47 AM

WOW! It's amazing how much this poor guy has gone through and all people can do is ask him for money or "offer a shoulder" (with alterior motives no doubt). Leave him be. hes lost his whole family and the life he always knew. thats devastating. Don't be so heartless.

Posted by: Brenda Newby | Jan 27, 2012 1:22:46 AM

I tried to leave 2 posts and my computer keeps messing up.I met Jack while in military could not believe it. He said my ship would come in but it hasnt. Im sorry Jack you couldnt see me flying.

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