A North Carolina woman’s life has changed forever after she became one of four Powerball winners to take home an equal share of the massive $561.4 million.
26-year-old Marie Holmes is the lucky mother of four who matched all six numbers.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it,” Holmes explained with a noticeable grin. The mother of four said she screamed after the winning numbers were drawn Wednesday night and ran and told her kids. “They said I scared them,” Holmes joked.
Not too long ago, Marie says she was forced to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald’s to care for her four children — one of whom has cerebral palsy.
She says the first thing she plans to do with the money is tithe, because she says, “I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God.”
Marie also plans to set up college funds for her children and buy a new house. She’ll be speaking with lawyers and a financial advisor in Raleigh before turning in the ticket to North Carolina lottery officials.
Since she’s not the sole winner of the jackpot, her ticket is valued at $188 million annuity paid over 30 years or a $127 million lump sum payment before taxes.
What a blessing!
[via Mail Online]