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From record Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

Jack Whittaker
Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 14:58:24-04

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Andrew “Jack” Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot in 2002, has died. He was 72.

Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton on Tuesday confirmed Whittaker’s death.

A funeral home official said Whittaker died of natural causes.

Whittaker became an instant celebrity when he claimed what was then the largest U.S. lottery jackpot won by a single ticket, but he quickly fell victim to scandals, lawsuits and personal setbacks.

His wife left him and both his daughter and drug-addicted granddaughter died. He also lost a home to fire.