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Updated: 06:52 AM EST
West Virginia Powerball Winner Charged With DUI
By JENNIFER BUNDY, AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Dec. 1) - A man who won a record $315 million in the Powerball lottery was taken to jail on charges of drunken driving and carrying a pistol, authorities said.

Jack Whittaker, 57, was arrested Tuesday night after his Hummer struck a concrete median on the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley.


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· August 2003: $545,000 in cash and cashier's checks are stolen from Whittaker's SUV, which was parked outside a strip club

· Jan. 4, 2004: Whittaker is charged with hitting and threatening to kill the manager of a bar

· Jan. 17, 2004: $100,000 is stolen from his car

· Jan. 25, 2004: Whittaker is arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

· September 2004: His home is burglarized and a dead body is found inside
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Senior Trooper M.J. Pinardo reported that he smelled alcohol but Whittaker refused sobriety tests and was "extremely belligerent." Troopers also said they found a small pistol in Whittaker's boot and he was carrying $117,000 in cash.

Whittaker, who was alone, complained of back pain. He was treated at a hospital, and then jailed early Wednesday.

Whittaker was released after he was arraigned and posted $1,700 bail. Besides the DUI and weapons charge, he was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle and failure to submit to a breath test.

It was the latest in a series of incidents involving Whittaker since he took home the largest single jackpot ever.


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Whittaker's vehicle, business and home have allegedly been broken into multiple times.

The body of 18-year-old Jesse Joe Tribble was found at Whittaker's home in September. Tribble's death was not a crime and Whittaker was out of town at the time.

Whittaker also faces charges of assaulting and threatening a manager at a bar in January.


12/01/04 17:30 EST
 

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The problem with this guy is that when he won the lottery he was like an inch away from Bankruptcy and he had laid off all of his employees. But the day after he got his check he hired them all back full time and he was considered a saint.

He's a plain and simple scumbag.

Now the guy from Cambridge that one the lottery that time for like $150 mil or something now he's a saint!! NIcest guy in the world.

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