to the person in W. Virginia who won the powerball

  1. Remember me, I am your long lost cousin from Pennsylvania. Inspite of not having winning ticket I had great holiday. Only fly in ointment were the really bad roads we experienced coming home from Christmas party. Hope everyone had a safe as well as merry Christmas and the same goes for the up coming New Year.
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   PennyLane
    I, too, am your long-lost cousin. Despite the fact that I can't remember your name, we are certainly related! Remember how I used to come over when I was a kid, and you were my favorite cousin?? I'd bring you presents and draw you pictures. I just want to say how much I miss you and love you.....

    Your cousin in Maryland
  4. by   semstr
    Well, since I am sure your family came from Europe once up on a time, I am pretty sure we are related too!
    I'll pm you my adress! dearest regards, yours Renee
  5. by   jacolaur
    I am also your very true blue sisterrrr I mean cousin...remember we go waaay back. Ohh the days we spent lounging in the grass, looking up at the clouds guessing what shape they reminded us of ...or the snowy days when we tunneled into the banks to seek shelter from the cold, or the rainy days, during a thunderstorm when it would lightening and we would count......... one thousand one..... one thousand two to see how far away the lightening strike was. what fun we had ......remember.....sure you do.....remember.....e-mail me your address and I'll send you my bank account number just for old times sake ok?
    Last edit by jacolaur on Dec 26, '02
  6. by   night owl
    How 'bout the time you were stranded and your car wouldn't gave me a call and I was right there in less than 10 minutes. And the time you needed a shoulder to cry on because you ran out of money playing black jack with your friends and I gave you $100.00 to buy groceries so you could AT LEAST eat? Surely you remember me...Think hard, HARDER D@MN IT!
  7. by   emily_mom
    I threw my lucky (?) penny in the direction of WV...I hope it bounced off yer darn head.
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    HURRICANE, West Virginia (CNN) --Andrew "Jack" Whittaker, a 55-year-old grandfather and owner of several construction companies will take home $111.7 million in cash for winning Christmas night's Powerball lottery drawing.

    Whittaker, from Scott Depot, West Virginia, is the largest single-ticket winner in international lottery history. He said Thursday that his first three checks will be written to three church pastors. As a member of the Church of God, he said he wants to tithe 10 percent before he spends any of the money.

    "I'm very blessed. I've been blessed my whole life," Whittaker said. "It's really going to excite my daughter and granddaughter. They're going to be spending the money."

    The advertised jackpot amount was $314.9 million but Whittaker chose the cash payout instead of annual payments.

    The lump sum is more than $170 million before federal and state taxes are taken out. He received a $10 million check Thursday and will receive the balance of his winnings -- $101.7 million -- in two weeks, as required by Multi-State Lottery rules.

    "I just want to thank God for letting the machine pick the right numbers," Whittaker said.

    Whittaker is already a self-made millionaire. His construction companies generate $17 million a year in revenue, he said.

    "I'm going to take care of my family and I'm going to expand my business," he said. Whittaker recently laid off 25 employees because of slow business but he said he will bid on more jobs to put those employees back to work.

    He's leaving for New York on Thursday and will appear on several television talk shows Friday morning, he said. He may move to a gated community for privacy but hopes to keep his life the same.

    The winning numbers for the Christmas drawing were 53, 14, 5, 16 and 29, with a Powerball number of 7.
  9. by   oramar
    This man sounds like a fellow that at least knows how to manage money. None of those stories about a person squandering his winnings here. Doubtlessly a lot of charities will benefit from the situation. I would rather have heard that a ticket held by 20 co-workers won so money got spread around but this guy seems OK.
  10. by   emily_mom
    Thanks for rubbing it in for the 300th time Sunny....

    I hope he buys himself some dentures....
  11. by   night owl
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272

    "I'm very blessed. I've been blessed my whole life," Whittaker said. "It's really going to excite my daughter and granddaughter. They're going to be spending the money."
    Remember that one night stand you had back in 1974? As a result, I'm don't forget me!

    Well it atleast went to someone who plans on putting it back into the community and rehiring whom he layed off. But damm a Millionare won it. Bangs head on table.
    Wonder if he needs a private Nurse. 55 is that lovely cardiac age.
  13. by   nursegoodguy
    Somehow you just don't feel good about a millionaire winning millions?
    West Virginia... it is such a depressed area why couldn't it have been someone who had nothing or several someones who had nothing?
  14. by   night owl
    Sometimes I wonder why the Lord works the way He does. OK, those people he laid off are getting their jobs back, but as he said, "I've been blessed all my life... (Time to update that Will) Someone else should have had the chance to be blessed, not someone who is already a millionaire. Sheesh. Life isn't fair for sure...