Do you remember Jack Whittaker, a contractor who on Christmas 2002 won a $314.9 million Powerball jackpot? His only grand-daughter died earlier this month. She was buried yesterday, Christmas Eve.
More than 100 people emerged from the otherwise deserted Christmas Eve streets of this former railroad town to attend the funeral of Brandi Bragg, the granddaughter of record Powerball jackpot winner Jack Whittaker.What caused her death? Authorities aren't exactly keeping mum, suggesting a drug overdose. Others lay blame on hard, cold, cash.
Whittaker and others say her sudden access to vast wealth had brought new friends and dangerous habits.I remember when Whittaker won, he said he was going to do good with all his new-found wealth. He tithed to local churches, set up a foundation to give money to worthy causes... and then there were tale of travels to strip clubs with briefcases filled with cash, drunken wild times, and a host of unsavory characters.
"Since she won the lottery she had too much money," said Becky Layton, who once took care of Brandi when she lived with her grandparents. "I could point fingers all day long. The money is the root of it all, I would say."
I guess he shows money sometimes isn't the answer.