Marie Holmes (pictured) is one very lucky lady! The mother of four just happened to be one of Wednesday’s HUGE Powerball winners, and will share the $564 million jackpot. Holmes’ reported cut from the mega winnings will be a not-too-shabby $188 million before taxes, according to WGN-TV.
The 26-year-old Wilmington, North Carolina woman, who has a special needs child with cerebral palsy, is still reeling from the news. “I don’t think it’s really hit me,” she said. “I guess when it hits my account is when it’s really going to hit me, but I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have.”
Holmes, who does not regularly purchase lottery tickets, said she was struggling before her win. Upon seeing that her numbers matched the winning Powerball drawing ones, Holmes thought she was going to have a heart attack and screamed so loudly, she scared her children, one boy and three girls.
So what will the young mom do with all of the money? “First I ‘m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God. After that I’m going to set up accounts for my kids,” she told WGN-TV. “And when we figure out where we’re going to live, I’m going to buy a house for me and my kids, then make sure my family is all good.”
Holmes, whose uncle actually sold her the winning ticket, was unemployed and looking for a job. The pretty mom is only too glad that now she no longer has to depend on anyone financially. “I don’t have to worry about the word struggle no more and neither do they (her children).”
Does Holmes have any trepidation with regards to how her entire life will now drastically change?
“I am ready for it, ready to embrace the change! I am very grateful for what is about to happen to my family,” she told WGN-TV. “Everything is all for them. My kids can go to college, all on me, and they don’t have to worry about nothing. My granddaddy, my daddy, my sisters, they don’t have to worry about nothing, we made it”