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Mother of Four Wins $188 Million from Powerball

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Marie Holmes

One of the three winning tickets in Wednesday’s Powerball belonged to a North Carolina mother with four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

Winning the lottery can be life changing for anyone, but the story of 26-year-old Marie Holmes’ win is definitely an inspiring one because Holmes said she was recently forced to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald’s to care for her children.

“I was currently looking for employment,” she said of her situation. ” “And then God brought this along. I’m grateful. I’m grateful.”

When 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.”

She added: “First I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God.”

Holmes also plans to set up college funds for her children and to buy a new home.

“I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something I didn’t have,” she said.

Before taxes, the mother’s winning ticket would be worth $188 million paid over 30 years or $127 million if the winner chose to take it in a lump sum payment.

She is meeting with an attorney and financial adviser before she claims her prize from lottery officials.

The two other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and in Texas.

Listen to her first interview below!

WSFX – FOX Wilmington, NC
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