Mom with 4 kids, one with cerebral palsy, wins $188M from Powerball

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SHALLOTTE, N.C. — One of the three winning tickets in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing belongs to Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old mother with four kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy, WECT reported.

She bought the ticket at Scotchman convenience store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte, N.C. She takes home a piece of the $564 million jackpot — roughly $188 million, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I don’t think it’s really hit me,” she said. “I guess when it hits my account is when it’s really going to hit me, but I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have.”

Holmes worked at McDonald’s and Walmart but recently had to quit to care for her children, one boy and three girls.

When she was asked if she’s ready to deal with that much money, Holmes said, “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 I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” she added.

Holmes also plans to set up college funds for her children and buy a new house. She was en route to Raleigh to meet with lawyers and speak to a financial advisor before turning in the ticket to North Carolina lottery officials.

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  • liam

    I worked at a professional level job from college graduation until I was 35 to save up enough money so I could provide for my children and have my first child. I would have loved to have them when I was younger but did not have the financial resources, how was Mrs. Holmes able to support 4 kids working at McDonalds and Walmart?

  • Freddy

    Based on her statement she quit her job to care for her children…..sounds like she’s on welfare….. so you’re on government assistance and buying lotto tickets…..?????? Good for her that she won…..know pay back every single dollar you’ve received plus interest and enjoy the rest of your life.

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