Top Powerball Winner
Guilty of Driving Drunk
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Record Powerball lottery winner Jack Whittaker will spend five days on home confinement and lose his driving privileges for at least 90 days after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
Whittaker entered his plea to first-offense driving under the influence Wednesday. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges of carrying a concealed weapon, failing to maintain control of a vehicle and failing to submit to a preliminary Breathalyzer test.
Magistrate Rick Jones gave Whittaker a choice in sentencing -- 24 hours in jail or five days of home confinement.
State troopers arrested Whittaker, 57, of Scott Depot, on Nov. 30 after his southbound Hummer struck a concrete barrier on the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley, according to an incident report the troopers filed.
Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 when he won a nearly $315 million Powerball jackpot, the largest undivided lottery prize in U.S. history.
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