JACK WHITTAKER

 

 

“We’re pretty sure they knew he was dead. That’s why they went inside and took the stuff.”

Chief Deputy John Dailey

 

Three men burglarized the home of Jack Whittaker, winner of the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, as an acquaintance of Whittaker lay dead inside, police said Tuesday.

 

Jack Whittaker was not home at the time, and Chief Deputy John Dailey said the death of Jesse Joe Tribble, 18, was not related to the burglary and was not a homicide. It may have been drug-related, Dailey said.

 

“We’re pretty sure they knew he was dead. That’s why they went inside and took the stuff,” Dailey said to Ingatbola88.

 

Dailey said one of the three suspects had permission to be in Whittaker’s home. “We don’t know who let them in, but they didn’t break in.”

 

The break-in took place Thursday night or Friday morning. One of those arrested reported Tribble’s death late Friday morning, Dailey said. Tribble was a friend of Whittaker’s granddaughter, and all three suspects were acquainted with Tribble.

 

Dailey would not say how the three knew about Tribble’s death.

 

J.C. Shaver, 20, James Travis Willis, 25, and Jeffrey Dustin Campbell, 20, were charged with larceny and other offenses after being captured on a security camera that Whittaker recently had installed, authorities said.

 

Police recovered $15,000 worth of items taken from the home, Daily said. He did not give a total for everything stolen.

 

Whittaker won the largest single jackpot in the nation’s history when he hit a $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas Day 2002. He chose to accept a lump sum of about $113 million after taxes.

 

Since then, Whittaker’s vehicle, business and home have been broken into repeatedly. Last year, a strip club manager and his girlfriend were charged with drugging Whittaker and stealing a briefcase containing more than $500,000 in cash and cashier’s checks. The money was recovered.

 

Last March, within three days, his business was broken into and $2,000 was taken, and his vehicle, parked at his home, was broken into and property was stolen. Earlier in that week, Whittaker was sued by an employee of the Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center who alleged he assaulted her in March 2003.

 

Last year, he was also charged with threatening to kill the manager of a bar and with drunken driving.

 

WINNER OF NATION’S BIGGEST LOTTERY JACKPOT MORE SINNER THAN SAINT

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The world’s first glimpse of Jack Whittaker, winner of the richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was of a boisterous, happy-go-lucky guy in a big cowboy hat who loved his family, work and God and promised to share his good fortune with the church and the poor. Two years later, the picture the public is seeing now is a mug shot of a haggard, somber Whittaker.

Whittaker, 57, has been arrested twice for drunken driving in the past year and has been ordered to go into rehab by Jan. 2 for a 28-day stay. On Monday, he pleaded no contest to charges he attacked a bar manager, and he is accused in two lawsuits of making trouble at a nightclub and a racetrack. ‘‘That’s probably the unfortunate situation of maybe having too much money, too much time on his hands,’’ said Steve Zubrzycki, who works for a company that started selling ‘‘Where’s Jack?’’ T-shirts after authorities issued an arrest warrant for Whittaker earlier this month.

 

Although he was already a wealthy contractor, Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 after winning a $314.9 million Powerball jackpot. He took his winnings in a lump sum of $113 million after taxes, and at a news conference in which he came across as a jolly saint, he promised to donate one-tenth to his church and contribute to other causes.

 

He soon created a charity to help people find jobs, buy food or get an education; he split $7 million among three churches; and he gave money to improve a Little League park and buy playground equipment and coloring books for children. But in August 2003, a briefcase containing $545,000 in cash and cashier’s checks was stolen from Whittaker’s sport utility vehicle while it was parked at a strip club, and police disclosed that Whittaker not only frequented strip clubs but was also a high-stakes gambler — which is why he was carrying so much cash.

 

The break-in was the first of several thefts involving Whittaker’s vehicle, his office and his house in Scott Depot, a booming bedroom community of about 8,000 situated between Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia’s two biggest cities.

 

 

 

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ASDA serves up silver celebration…

This month, thousands of ASDA colleagues from its head office, stores and depots celebrated after clocking up a minimum 25 years of continuous service.

ASDA serves up silver celebration…

More than 5,000 ASDA workers have been recognised for their ‘silver’ service – helping the company achieve the highest retention rate in the retail industry.

The milestone followed a gala event held on the 18th November where more than 400 ASDA colleagues from stores and depots across the UK joined together to celebrate their 25th, 30th, 35th or 40th anniversaries – racking up almost 12,000 years of service between them!

ASDA is already one of the largest employers of over 50s, with the highest retention rates and lowest absence records in retail. It means that on average, every one of its 165,000 colleagues has at least four years experience serving customers – proof that its stores, depots and offices are some of the best places to work in the UK.

The Big Anniversary…

Each year ASDA hosts a special Big Anniversary event to celebrate long-service. This year, more than 422 colleagues were invited to join ASDA’s exec board for a slap-up meal, with 279 people recognised for having worked 25 years. The remaining 143 colleagues were celebrating either 30, 35 or 40 years continued service. Next year ASDA predicts it will need to invite more than 800 colleagues, double the number at this year’s event.

On their 25th anniversary, each colleague receives a £300 tax-free bonus, an extra week off to enjoy with their family and friends, a bouquet of flowers and a letter from ASDA’s CEO Andy Bond.

This year’s crop of colleagues joined the company in 1983, the year Bjorn Borg retired from tennis after winning five consecutive Wimbledon championships, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video aired for the first time, and compact discs made their debut on the high street.

A special thanks…

David Smith, ASDA’s People Director, said, “Our track record of retaining colleagues is second to none. Their hard work and commitment over the years is what makes our business so successful.”

He added, “I’m proud to recognise some of our longest serving colleagues and would like to personally thank them for all their hard work. It’s clear that thousands of people love working here, and it is thanks to each of them that ASDA is such a great place to work.”

For more information on the benefits of working for ASDA please visit www.asda.jobs

“Our track record of retaining colleagues is second to none. Their hard work and commitment over the years is what makes our business so successful.”

David Smith,…

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Healthy eating

Our customers and colleagues trust us to keep them informed about the contents of our products.

That’s why we clearly label all of our products on the front of pack, and have spent millions removing the artificial ingredients from our entire range of food.

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  • Lowering sal

Organics in action
See how ASDA is working to offer a healthy, affordable, organics ready meal range for children.

Clearer labelling
At ASDA we know how confusing it can be to make sense of all the different labels used on food packaging, when trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet. That’s why, in 2007, we were the first supermarket to launch a dual labelling system which combines the benefits of ‘traffic lights’ with guideline daily amounts (GDAs).

Welcomed by the Government and the Food Standard Agency’s alike, the system is designed to be read and understood in less than two seconds, making it easier for our customers to choose healthier foods at a glance.

Using the distinct traffic light colours to highlight low, medium and high levels of sugar, fat, salt, saturated fats and calories in each product; our product labels also give the precise amount of each nutrient in grams per serving and the percentage of the GDA this represents.

Developed through extensive consumer research, our system provides customers with the most detailed, easy-to-understand information available in the retail market today.

The traffic light labelling system
In 2007, ASDA was the first supermarket to launch a dual labelling system which combines the benefits of ‘traffic lights‘ with guideline daily amounts (GDAs).

No Artificial Colours and Flavours
At the beginning of 2008 we became the first retailer to remove all artificial colours and sweeteners, flavour enhancers and hydrogenated vegetable oil from our 12,000 strong range of own brand products.

Over the course of 2007, we invested more than £30 million in re-formulating products and ensuring that they still tasted great.

Artificial colours and sweetners have been removed and in some cases replaced with natural colours, such as fruit and vegetable extracts, or with sucralose, a sweetener made from sugar.

Flavour enhancers have, where necessary, been replaced with flavours from natural sources. For example, vanilla, which is sourced naturally, will replace the artificially produced Vanillin which is commonly used in chocolate products.

We have also removed all hydrogenated fat from our own label products.

ASDA has invested over £30 million in ensuring products still have the same great taste.

Lowering salt
In early 2006, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published voluntary salt reduction targets across 85 food categories, setting a deadline of 2010. By the end of 2006, we had already met the FSA target for salt reduction across more than 65 per cent of our own brand products.

In 2008, we became the first retailer to hit the FSA’s targets ahead of the 2010 deadline, by removing a total of 396 tonnes of salt from our own brand products — and we have committed to extending this to 100% of our range.

ASDA met the FSA’s voluntary salt reduction targets ahead of the 2010 deadline…

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ASDA ANNOUNCES IT WILL CREATE 7000 NEW JOBS IN 2009

Supermarket also commits to recruit 3000 long-term unemployed for existing vacancies

ASDA announced today (28th January) it will create more than 7,000 new jobs in 2009, and will recruit up to 3000 long-term unemployed for existing vacancies through Local Employment Partnerships and Remploy -ASDA‘s recruitment partner for people with disabilities and health conditions.

The move will help provide full and part time roles to thousands of people who have been unemployed for more than six months and are finding it difficult to re-enter the labour market.

The supermarket will create 3,700 new jobs throughout the UK with the opening of nine new food stores, five new ASDA Living outlets (its non food format) and extensions to 15 existing stores.

In addition 2000 new jobs will be created through the expansion of its home shopping business ASDA.com, and a further 1000 new jobs through organic growth. It will also continue to invest in its speciality business by creating 120 new roles in ASDA pharmacies and optical centres nationwide.

In total ASDA will create 580,000 sq ft of new store space in 2009. Its new store programme begins with the opening of a ASDA superstore in Bury St Edmonds this March.

Andy Bond, President and CEO of ASDA said:

“This year we will create 7,000 new jobs at a time when many companies are having to lay people off. We will also be helping 3,000 long-term unemployed get back into work by specifically targeting them for existing vacancies in our business.

“Our track record of recruiting and retaining people is second to none, which is why we have the lowest turnover and most motivated workforce in British retail.”

James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions commented:

“At a time when we are facing global economic challenges people need as much support as possible to help them get into jobs. Local Employment Partnership’s such as ASDA have been a real success. We’re on target to get 250,000 long-term unemployed people back into work through the scheme and thanks to the extra money we got in the Pre-Budget report last November we are also opening it up to people who have just lost their jobs.”

Beth Carruthers, Director of Employment Services at Remploy said:

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with ASDA, which reflects the very many skills and abilities that people with disabilities and health conditions bring to ASDA roles. As a leading employer, ASDA recognises that Remploy helps them to recruit the right person for the job, regardless of a disability or health condition.

“The announcement of these new positions is excellent news and will allow us to work together still further. Now of all times we should not be turning our backs on disadvantaged people and should instead be ensuring they have the opportunity to play a full role in the economic life of the country.”…

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