The Tragic Story of Jack Whittaker

Wealth brought more problems than happiness."

In 2002, Jack Whittaker won a $315 million Powerball jackpot, the largest lottery prize in history at the time.

Whittaker's life was plagued by legal and personal problems. He was arrested multiple times on charges such as driving under the influence and assault.

Legal Troubles

In 2004, his granddaughter’s boyfriend was found dead from a drug overdose. 3 months later, his granddaughter Brandi was also found dead of a drug overdose.

Family Tragedy

Whittaker's business ventures also turned sour, including a failed restaurant and a number of lawsuits involving construction projects.

Business Struggles

Whittaker's wealth also made him a target for thieves and con artists, who stole millions of dollars from him.

Target for Thieves

Despite his legal and personal struggles, Whittaker continued to give generously to charity and to those in need.


Despite all the new found wealth,  Jack Whittaker wife also filed for divorce !

Partner leaves

Whittaker has spoken publicly about his regrets and the negative impact that winning the lottery had on his life.


He passed away in 2020, due to natural causes. Jack Whittaker's story serves as a cautionary tale about the potential downsides of sudden wealth. 

Lessons to Learn