A mom from North Carolina won a jackpot worth $188 million on Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. According to the New York Daily News, Marie Holmes, 26, had to leave her job to stay home and care for her four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. Though she hasn’t claimed her millions yet, she is beyond thrilled to have won the money so that she no longer has to worry about her finances.
“I scared my kids. I was telling them, we don’t got to struggle anymore, and I was yelling when I did it… I thought I was going to have a heart attack,” she said.
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The mom who hit the Powerball jackpot had fell on tough times, but she just had the urge to buy tickets for the massive lottery, which soared to over $564 million. She purchased the tickets at her uncle’s store in Shallotte. When it comes to spending her fortune, Holmes said that she hasn’t given much thought to what she might like to buy herself. Instead, she says that she will spend the money on her kids.
“This is all for them. All the struggle I ever went through, it’s all for them. Money doesn’t change it, but money’s going to help me,” she said.
According to USA Today, Holmes has been in shock since winning the jackpot. She says she doesn’t know what to do — whether to cry — but she is so happy for her family because they really need the money.
According to Mail Online, Holmes said that she also plans on donating millions to her church. “First I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” Holmes said.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there has been a bit of controversy about Holmes’ religion, because some people feel that gambling is a sin.
“While good points are made in the Bible about not developing a love of money, or to never lust for filthy lucre so badly that people are willing to get it in the wrong way, even Scripture experts admit that there’s no explicit chapter and verse that prohibits Christians from gambling.”
The mom who won the jackpot will share her prize with someone in Texas and another in Puerto Rico.
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