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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Jury selection continues for the second day in a wrongful death lawsuit against Powerball winner Jack Whittaker.

Officials at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield say they expect opening arguments in the case to begin Wednesday after a jury is chosen.

James Tribble has sued Whittaker, claiming his negligence led to the 2004 death of Tribble's 18-year-old son. Jesse Joe Tribble died after ingesting cocaine and prescription painkillers at a home Whittaker owned in Scott Depot.

Tribble was a friend of Whittaker's granddaughter, Brandi Bragg, who died several months later. Though Whittaker was not at the home when Tribble died, James Tribble claims Whittaker is responsible because he did not provide proper supervision.

He also alleges Whittaker was negligent because he gave his granddaughter thousands of dollars a week, knowing she had a drug problem.

Whittaker won 314.9 million dollars -- the largest single jackpot in the nation's history -- on Christmas Day 2002.


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