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NC Mother of 4, Who Had to Quit Working to Care for Children, Hits Powerball

Marie Holmes
Marie Holmes

"Everything is all for them," Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old Shallotte, N.C., mother of four, told WPXI, regarding her becoming an instant millionaire as one of three winners with all the numbers in Wednesday's $564 million Powerball drawing.


"All the struggle that I ever went through, it was all for them," said Holmes, whose winnings, before taxes, total $188 million. Holmes told the news station that she had had to quit jobs at McDonald's and Wal-Mart to care for her kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

Now, she said, life just got a little easier.

"I just want them to understand that money doesn't change you," she told the news station. "But it can help you. They don't have to worry about debt; they can go to college, all on me; and they don't have to worry about nothing, and I am glad I can do that for them."


She added, "First, I am going to pay my tithes, as I would have none of it if it wasn't for God," WECT reports.

The news station reports that Holmes plans to buy a house and set up college funds for her kids: three girls and one boy. According to the news station, Holmes was headed to Raleigh, N.C., to "meet with lawyers and speak to a financial adviser before turning in the ticket to North Carolina lottery officials."

The other two winning Powerball tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico, according to WPXI.

Read more at WPXI and WECT.

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