RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A single mother of four from North Carolina is one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.
At a news conference Monday, 26-year-old Marie Holmes said the best thing about the lucky ticket in the $564 million jackpot is that she’ll be able to provide for her children. They’re all under 7, and one has cerebral palsy.
Holmes says she gave her mom $3 to buy the ticket on her way to church. Weeks later, life is very different. She says security accompanies her everywhere. At the news conference, she was flanked by her lawyer and her financial adviser.
She says she will take the lump-sum payment of $127 million before taxes. She plans to give money to church and to travel — she’s never been outside the U.S.
Holmes and her family live in a trailer in Shallotte, North Carolina — just north of South Carolina on the coast.
Another of the three winners has elected to remain anonymous in Puerto Rico. The third winner, in Texas, hasn’t come forward.