$188M lottery winner cited for drug possession

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman who won a $188 million lottery jackpot earlier this year found herself in trouble with the law last night.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies cited Marie Holmes, 26, with possession of marijuana, according to BCSO spokeswoman Emily Flax. According to the citation, Holmes was cited for having a half ounce or less of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at her home on Boverie Street in Shallotte. Danell Lamont McNeil, 31, and Damarius Dontrell Simmons, 21, received the same charges.

Flax said the drug charges came after investigators went to the home Holmes shares with Lamarr McDow to arrest him for violating the terms of his release in March on a $3 million bond. When they got to the home, Flax said deputies smelled marijuana and got a search warrant they executed around 10 p.m. She says that’s when they found the pot and a gun they say belongs to McDow.

Holmes, a Shallotte native, hit the $188 million Powerball jackpot in mid-February. Holmes took the lump sum payout of $127 million, which meant after taxes she wound up with nearly $88 million.

Holmes, McNeil and Simmons are due in court on Sept. 8, according to the citation.

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