*Whoooweee! How’d you like to be Marie Holmes right about now?
The 26-year-old mother of four from Shallotte, North Carolina has come forward with what she believes is the winning Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s lottery drawing
Holmes confirms the numbers and date on her ticket match those that were drawn for the $188 million payout.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it,” a happy Holmes told WECT TV. She said she kinda freaked out her kids because she was screaming so much. “They said I scared them.” Holmes joked.
Holmes said she was forced to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald’s to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. She said the first thing she’s going to do with the money is tithe because, as she puts it, “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 buy a new house after deciding where to move. When asked if she’s ready for the impact the lottery win will have on her life, Holmes offered, “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.”
Holmes will confer with lawyers and speak to a financial advisor in Raleigh before turning in the ticket to North Carolina lottery officials.
According to the N.C. Education Lottery’s twitter page, the ticket 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 is eligible to receive $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling the winning jackpot ticket, according to the NC Education Lottery.
Hmm, seems there’s something in the water in North Carolina because this is the fourth time someone from that state has become a Powerball jackpot winner.
The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing had climbed to an estimated $500 million. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with the Powerball number being 19.