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2 charged in theft from Powerball lottery winner

Mar 24, 2004, 4:31 am

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Two men were charged Tuesday with stealing $100,000 from the winner of the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Brian Christopher Hillabold and David Michael Fewell, both 20, were jailed on charges of breaking into Jack Whittaker's sport utility vehicle Jan. 17. The vehicle was parked outside Whittaker's home.

Authorities began investigating the pair after learning they spent $7,000 to $8,000 on clothing in a department store.

The men told police that a third person took the money and gave them $10,000 each, sheriff's Detective Shawn Johnson said. That person has not been charged.

Whittaker won a Powerball prize of nearly $315 million on Christmas Day 2002. Since then, money has been stolen from his vehicle three times, and his business has been burglarized.

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