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Inside expensive downward spiral of the $315 million Powerball winner

Luck was the last thing that Jack Whittaker needed. In fact, it was so-called good fortune that set off the decimation of Whittaker, who died June 27 at the age of 72. The problems began on the night of Christmas 2002, when the Putnam County, W. Va., construction entrepreneur won a record-setting Powerball jackpot. Rather than breaking up his $315 million prize into dozens of payments, he took $113 million — after taxes — in a single, lump sum.


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