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Powerball Winner's Restaurant Goes Bust

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

Powerball Winner Jack Whittaker's latest financial troubles forced the closing of a restaurant at Pullman Square.

Pullman deveoper Tim Rollins says Whitaker's company owed at least $75,000 in past due lease money for the Pullman location.

A circuit judge granted the eviction request on Wednesday, and employees were removing items from the restaurant Thursday morning.

A sign on the door thanked customers for their support and said the Teays Valley location will remain open.

A manager at the restaurant told WSAZ that 25 people worked at the Huntington location.

Rollins says the location should get a new tenant quickly because most of the interior furnishings will stay put.

He says Pullman will begin looking for a new restaurant to fill the space immediately.

Whittaker won 315 million dollars in the December 25, 2002, Powerball drawing.

He took home 113 milion in cash after the cash option and taxes. But Whittaker claims in recent court filings that he doesn't have enough money to pay legal judgements against him.


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