Lotto winner ‘humbled & grateful’ for opportunities

Marie Holmes discusses her $188 Powerball jackpot during a news conference at NC Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh Feb. 23, 2015.

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County mother Marie Holmes, who won $188 million in the lottery, says she’s looking forward to giving her four kids everything.

Earlier this month, the 26-year-old Shallotte native told WWAY she bought the winning powerball ticket. The winning ticket was sold at the Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Road in Shallotte, according to GPM Investments, LLC, which owns the store. The drawing was held February 11.

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In a news conference in Raleigh this afternoon, Holmes says she’s excited about what the future holds, but says this jackpot will not change her. Holmes says there were seven people living in her home and now they will be able to have their own place.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family,” Holmes said.

Holmes opted for the $127 million lump sum payment. That means Holmes will take home almost $88 million after taxes. Holmes plans to donate to religious and charitable organizations, finish her college degree, buy her mother a house, and secure the future for her three daughters – and her seven year-old son who has cerebral palsy.

“I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Holmes said. “Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that.”

In addition to helping her family, Holmes says she’s excited to use some of the money to travel.

Until recently, Holmes supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway.

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