One of the three $564 million Powerball winners is single mom, Marie Holmes. This “Powerball mom” from Shallotte, North Carolina, will get her cut of the winning jackpot in the amount of $188 million.
Fox Wilmington reports that Holmes, 26, had to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald’s in order to take care of her four children — one of which has cerebral palsy.
When Holmes matched the winning Powerball numbers to her ticket, she thought she was “going to have a heart attack.” In fact, she says she “scared” her children when she screamed with excitement.
One of the first things this Powerball winner from North Carolina plans to do is tithe some of it because she thanks God for the win.
“I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” Holmes tells Fox Wilmington.
What else does Marie Holmes plan to do with her $188 million win? The single mother is going to set up college funds for her kids and look for a new home once she finds where she wants to move. Whatever is ahead — and however the lottery jackpot is going to this mom’s life — Holmes is ready for it.
“I’m ready for it. I’m ready to embrace the change. I’m very grateful for what’s about to happen for my family.”
First, however, the North Carolina winner is going to meet with an attorney and financial advisors in Raleigh before turning in her Powerball ticket.
Holmes tells CBS 6 News that she wasn’t a frequent lottery player, but would play when she had the extra money to spend. The Powerball winning mom was in the process of looking for more work when she won the $188 million jackpot.
Holmes wants her children to know that money doesn’t have to change them, but help them. The single mom is glad that her kids don’t have to worry about funding college because it’s all on her, she says.
According to N.C. Education Lottery’s Twitter page, the winning ticket Holmes holds is worth “$188 million annuity paid over 30 years, or a $127 million lump sum payment before federal and state taxes are withheld.” The store that Holmes purchased the ticket from will receive a $50,000 retailer incentive award.
Two others share the $564 million Powerball jackpot. One Powerball winner is in Texas and the other is in Puerto Rico. The Inquisitr wrote an article covering the controversy regarding the lottery played in Puerto Rico, which is a United States territory.
It looks like this Powerball mom won’t need to find extra work in order to take care of her four children!
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