He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.
The headline of a story by April Witt - The Washington Post - Tuesday, October 23, 2018, covers the long saga of Jack Whittaker, the man from West Virginia who won the 314 Million Dollar Power Ball in 2002.
April’s story is the best of several that give ominous warnings concerning the terrible dangers of winning the lottery. The truth is most who hit the lottery continue living a life similar to the style before the windfall.
The Jack Whittaker story is a case study of the dangers of money. Jack was successful and owning his business, employing 100 workers, and grossing $15 Million per year when he won the Powerball. His life went on a downward course almost immediately. He frittered away much of the money on wine, women, and song. His beloved granddaughter became a hopeless druggie, ending up wrapped in plastic and thrown into a creek. At her funeral on Christmas Eve, Jack said to a reporter:
"All of the problems I have had are because of my granddaughter's drug-using friends," he angrily told an AP reporter. "I'm going to find them and put them in jail.”
He didn't blame the Powerball for his family's sorrows. He didn't blame himself.
He did blame someone else; His dearly loved Grand-daughter’s friends. You can read the entire sordid story here:
Observation and scripture point to two seeming opposites as revealers of what’s inside a person. Trouble and Riches. I am not saying either is a culprit, but a revealer of deep-seated weakness. Observation will show one of the two mentioned is equally responsible for revealing the spiritual state of the person going through the trouble or gaining riches. As many or more preachers end up out of the ministry due to fame or riches, as do for giving up due to near or actual poverty.
It takes a close walk with Jesus to honestly sing,
“A tent or a cottage why should I care? They’re building a palace for me over there. Though exiled from home, yet still I may sing, all glory to God I’m a child of the king.”
Yes, from painful experience I know that with Christ I can handle trouble. Yes, I would like to give a billion dollars a try!
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