Jack Whittaker’s home destroyed in fire

ROCKY GAP, VA¬†— The Virginia home of former record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker was destroyed in a Friday morning fire, according to various media reports.

The blaze broke out at just before 7 a.m. in Rocky Gap, Va. It’s believed the fire started in the kitchen. It spread quickly through the rest of the house, authorities said.

Whittaker’s wife was able to escape the burning house safely. Jack Whittaker was not at home at the time.

Whittaker lived in Putnam County, W.Va., when he won the $314 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Christmas Day 2002.

Whittaker told a reporter at the scene of the fire Friday that he was on his way to work in Ghent, W.Va., when he got the call from his wife. He also said he didn’t have insurance on the house.

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