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2007-01-12 11:54:26 AM
Would not be surprised if he is.

That's what happens when you give stupid people lots of money.
 
2007-01-12 12:00:52 PM
Everyone here has an idea about how to spend somebody else's money, but actually -every- single one of you would be overwhelmed by both the money and the attention brought to you by that money.
Don't post here and say that it won't, because -that- would be a lie.
This poor guy's first and foremost trouble was that he thought it would be OK for him to stay near home. IMHO that was a huge mistake, nothing short of putting a big neon target on himself that say's "I'm him!! I got loads of money and very little common sense. Come get drunk with me, and I might forget where my billfold is" He instantly became a target for everyone/anyone who would be looking for a payday, be it whatever form it comes in as long as -they- get a piece of that pie.
Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is into this guy for substantial funds at this point in time. I wouldn't be surprised if half that jackpot's gone by now.
I've got only ONE word of advice for him. (Quietly) obtain a US passport, burn down your house and relocate to Japan.
Or Cleveland. Anywhere but where you are now. And relocate to a CONTROLLED ACCESS community, one where they got a gate with an armed guard. Because you seem to have -that- problem as well...
 
2007-01-12 12:02:35 PM
I want to win the powerball just so I can say that I plan on spending the bulk of the cash on hookers and booze during the press conference.

/Would also open up a witchcraft school next to Bob Jones University.
 
2007-01-12 12:04:25 PM
I'll make sure I am Fark's favorite Powerball winner after I win this weekend. I would be in the news due to women, booze and one hell of a Fark party.
 
2007-01-12 12:06:21 PM
My favorite part is this "sentence." It's like something M.C. Escher would write.

In the complaint, Whittaker says on 9/11 a team of crooks went to 12 different City National Banks and cashed 12 checks and got all of his money he intended to pay but can't without any money.
 
2007-01-12 12:06:58 PM
after reading my previous post I realize my grammar bone must be broken.

/no hookers and booze during the press conference.
//ahhh...screw it...I would attend the press conference drunk with hookers to announce that I plan on spending the bulk of it on hookers and booze
///need to stop daydreaming now.
 
2007-01-12 12:07:18 PM
Best Article EVER!!

1- It's not really about race in this country- it's about socioeconomic class. Black, white, hispanic, whatever- this dude never had a chance.

2- why is this not a movie- such a great story.

/happy middle class
 
2007-01-12 12:07:22 PM
Take $20 Million...invest in municipal/Treasury bonds and a few other things...earn about 5-7%, with little risk.

That's a cool million per year forever, baby. And probably more down the road because what you don't need for a particular year, roll it back into principal. Swimmin' pools, movie stars!

I would never lose it all. But of course, I have no problem recognizing grifters and telling them to fark off.
 
2007-01-12 12:10:40 PM
Kitti French, same name as my Pussy.
 
2007-01-12 12:12:58 PM
My dog's name is Lotto.
 
2007-01-12 12:14:18 PM
Interesting article about his downhill slide after he won.

That was a farking crazy read.
 
2007-01-12 12:17:32 PM
This is what happens when the cash option is taken.
An annuity would have provided him with 30 years worth of income.
Going broke? Wait a few months and another check will show up. You're no longer broke.


/This guy's an idiot.
//Shenanigans.
 
2007-01-12 12:17:38 PM
What blows me away is that he always carries tens of thousands of dollars in cash. Why not just get a couple of limitless credit cards? Hire some guy (or a big bank or something) to handle your finances and let him actually pay the bills. A wallet full of credit cards is a lot less attractive to thieves than a briefcase full of $100,000 (not that thieves don't want your credit cards, too).
 
2007-01-12 12:18:36 PM
If I won that kind of money, there's no way in hell I'd show up at a press conference to claim it. At the very least, claim it through a trust, change cell phones, then disappear for about a year.
 
2007-01-12 12:23:42 PM
It's his money.
He can waste it if'n he chooses to.
 
2007-01-12 12:27:34 PM
Anyone who feels sorry for this waste of life is simply stupid.
 
2007-01-12 12:28:58 PM
I think his life will be better spent in a trailer park just rocking and reminiscing. He's better off broke.
 
2007-01-12 12:30:18 PM
SOME PUERTO RICAN GUY STRIKES AGAIN!
 
2007-01-12 12:30:20 PM
I already have a detailed plan of what I'm going to do with my lottery winnings, including how I will remain anonymous and avoid any publicity.

Now all I have to do is win.

/Got it all figured out
 
2007-01-12 12:31:29 PM
After reading that article about how things went after he got his money I do feel sorry for that community. So many peoples lives wouldnt have been ruined if he never won that money.
 
2007-01-12 12:32:26 PM
1) win lottery
2) change name
3) shut hole
 
2007-01-12 12:36:14 PM
you know when i clicked on the story link initially i was saying "cowboy hat, come on, let him be wearing a cowboy hat"
i was disappointed when i saw the picture but in the article linked here ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36338-2005Jan25.html) He's got one on!

awesome!

/suck it cowboy hats
 
2007-01-12 12:36:27 PM
I feel like I read somewhere that the lottery allows you to remain anonymous, but only if you sign away some of the money. Hell, I'd give up a million or two to keep my anonymity.
 
2007-01-12 12:36:40 PM
Maybe he should have come to the "Fark school of finance" for financial advice?
 
2007-01-12 12:37:13 PM
If you win that much, you'd probably have to relocate far enough away so that people don't recognize you and stop flashing cash while saying, "Hey, I'm that guy who won the lottery".

If I won that much, I'd go get a Swiss account and set aside at least $10 million for emergencies. Just in case in all goes to crap, I'd still have enough to be happy.
 
2007-01-12 12:37:29 PM
I was working the night he won. I was very excited about having such a big winner in the state and so was the lottery.

Duche.

/I now hate working for the WV lottery.
 
2007-01-12 12:38:13 PM
you gotta move and an island is the best bet.
I say this time and time again.

All his dumb ass needed to do was invest that shiat properly and get is ass out of West VA
 
2007-01-12 12:38:28 PM
Treetop1000
Everyone here has an idea about how to spend somebody else's money, but actually -every- single one of you would be overwhelmed by both the money and the attention brought to you by that money.
Don't post here and say that it won't, because -that- would be a lie.


I think we can all agree that it would be an overwhelming experience. I think the top priority would be hooking up with a financial services firm who could help you set up the money in a stable way- that would beat the hell out of, say, can't-miss opportunities proposed by friends.
 
2007-01-12 12:40:48 PM
From the Powerball FAQ:

Can I remain anonymous when I hit the jackpot?

All but three states (DE, KS, ND) have laws that require the lottery to release the name and city of residence to anyone who asks. One state (SC) will keep your name secret if you request it, but if someone files a Freedom of Information Act request, you may have to file a plea with the judge to deny it. Photos and press conferences are always up to you. Most of the time, it is advisable to get it over with the press so that you don't have one or more reporters following you around to get that "exclusive" interview. A few more lotteries may work with you on setting up a trust or other partnership. You or your representative should contact the lottery for the details after you win.
 
2007-01-12 12:45:39 PM
The 9/11 hijackers had the monies on them when they flew into the buildings.

/duh
 
2007-01-12 12:45:57 PM
j__z: If I won that kind of money, there's no way in hell I'd show up at a press conference to claim it.

Exactly. I'd have my lawyer show up instead and then I'd change all my numbers and move far away with my harem of hookers and piles of blow.
 
2007-01-12 12:46:10 PM
The bottom line is...its HIS money. Sure, he may be lying that he's broke but its his money to spend. Sure, the rest of us would have done something smarter with our money had we won the lotto, but we didnt. Sure, this guy makes the rest of us feel smarter because we didnt lose several millions of dollars...so I guess thats a good thing.
 
2007-01-12 12:49:14 PM
Anyone who feels sorry for this waste of life is simply stupid.

So you've never made a mistake? You have never been corrupted by anything? You are a paragon of virtue and morality? That I find hard to believe.

I do feel sorry that an okay guy got undeserved rewards and it destroyed him, his grand daughter and his wife. I feel really sorry that it destroyed his grand daughter a child who was sixteen when it all started. She had no wisdom and no ability to cope with this kind of corruption.

He may be the most spectacular flame out, but lottery winners tend to have these kinds of lives after they win.
 
2007-01-12 12:50:08 PM
Worst Sentence Ever.

In the complaint, Whittaker says on 9/11 a team of crooks went to 12 different City National Banks and cashed 12 checks and got all of his money he intended to pay but can't without any money.
 
2007-01-12 12:50:50 PM
TMark765: This is what happens when the cash option is taken.
An annuity would have provided him with 30 years worth of income.


Of all the advice everyone is slinging from the hip in this thread, that's the best. "Don't take the lump sum" should be your first thought upon hitting that kind of jackpot.
 
2007-01-12 12:51:04 PM
Whittaker was wealthy before he ever won the lottery, and he regularly partied it up in bars between Charleston and Beckley long before he hit the Powerball. He didn't change his lifestyle but the celbrity of being the "big winner" made him an easy target.
/sad about his granddaughter though
 
2007-01-12 12:51:29 PM
"In the complaint, Whittaker says on 9/11 a team of crooks went to 12 different City National Banks and cashed 12 checks and got all of his money he intended to pay but can't without any money".

OMG!! The thieves done stole all the punctuation outta this here sentence!
 
2007-01-12 12:55:44 PM
parkerlewis
The bottom line is...its HIS money. Sure, he may be lying that he's broke but its his money to spend...

blah, blah, blah. It may be him money but we can still make fun of his public catastrophes. Many people might have thrown some away on dumb shiat like hookers and churches, but this guys fall was spectacular and stupid. It takes someone special to fark up this badly, not to mention make a perpetual ass of himself publically. Would we all really be this oblivious to the consequences of our action?

/just change your name right before accepting, send a lawyer, and move
//obvious ;-)
 
2007-01-12 12:56:42 PM
Galen_Rasputin: Anyone who feels sorry for this waste of life is simply stupid.

So you've never made a mistake? You have never been corrupted by anything? You are a paragon of virtue and morality? That I find hard to believe.


What does "never" have to do with anything. You should ask "You didn't make your adult life one continual stream of really stupid mistakes? You are a black hole to virtue and morality?"
 
2007-01-12 01:06:20 PM
Just goes to show you that the best way to handle all of that money is to go all Hunter S. Thompson, buy a compound in Colorado, fortify it heavily with small arms and paranoia-inducing drugs, and slowly go totally bonkers over a period of several decades. Hey, at least you'll be rich and bonkers, right?
 
2007-01-12 01:19:34 PM
Interesting article about his downhill slide after he won.

Wow...that was depressing as hell.
 
2007-01-12 01:25:06 PM
Noexit

TMark765: This is what happens when the cash option is taken.
An annuity would have provided him with 30 years worth of income.

Of all the advice everyone is slinging from the hip in this thread, that's the best. "Don't take the lump sum" should be your first thought upon hitting that kind of jackpot.



I do what I can. Everyone who plays should have a plan for the unlikely event they win.

/my trust is already in place.
 
2007-01-12 01:27:13 PM
Interesting article about his downhill slide after he won.

I just finished reading it myself and I had no idea any of that happened with the exception of the strip club robbery. It's riveting to say the least.
 
2007-01-12 01:27:55 PM
Hmmm, now I know why he hasn't been responding to my spam.
 
2007-01-12 01:28:04 PM
Xhan: Interesting article about his downhill slide after he won.


great article, thanks
/some of us are only signposts on the road of life, warning others not to go this way
 
2007-01-12 01:30:53 PM
Lottery for fun and war for profit.

I try and get my hands in to it all.

/Bush needs your billions, USA.
 
2007-01-12 01:33:55 PM
If I ever win big in the lottery, I'm not telling anyone except my mom, my brother, and a lawyer. And the only name the press will get is "Anonymous".
 
2007-01-12 01:38:22 PM
9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11!
 
2007-01-12 01:40:19 PM
"Thank God for West Virginia"
-Al Bundy
 
2007-01-12 01:43:12 PM
TFA:

Even after Brandi got older, she and her Paw-Paw loved to stretch out on the bed together, watching TV and eating popcorn.

Brandi was Jack's world, he liked to say.


sorry, i'm a bastard.
 
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