CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials planned to seek the man who won almost $315 million at Powerball (search) on a bail violation charge after he was arrested on a DUI count in another county.
Kanawha County Magistrate Tim Halloran ordered Jack Whittaker's (search) arrest on Thursday, two days after Whittaker was charged with driving under the influence near Beckley, in southern West Virginia's Raleigh County.
The magistrate said that arrest violated a condition of a $150 bond from a January DUI (search) arrest in Nitro.
A bail violation could send Whittaker to jail for 10 days, "especially when he's out on bail for DUI and he's arrested for DUI," prosecutor Mike Clifford said. Putnam, said they can't take Whittaker into custody until they get the needed paperwork from Kanawha County.
Whittaker had spent Wednesday morning in jail on the Beckley charge and was released after posting a $1,700 cash bond.
The 57-year-old businessman has been in the news several times since winning the largest single jackpot in history, nearly $315 million, on Christmas Day 2002. He received a one-time $113 million lump sum lottery payment and spent $14 million establishing a nonprofit foundation that aims to help West Virginians find jobs, buy food and receive education.
He faces charges of assaulting a bar manager in January in St. Albans.
Three female racetrack workers sued Whittaker, alleging that he assaulted them last year, and his vehicle, business and home have allegedly been broken into multiple times, including during a late-night visit to a strip club.
The body of an 18-year-old was found at Whittaker's Scott Depot home in September. The death was not a crime, and Whittaker was out of town at the time.