What would you do with $188 million?
Marie Holmes, one of three winners of the recent $564.1 million Lotto, has become a multimillionaire overnight after taking home the winning Powerball ticket in North Carolina. The 26-year-old unemployed mother of four kids — one boy and three girls, one of which also has cerebral palsy — said she had to quit her jobs at McDonald’s and Walmart because she had to stay home with her kids.
While most of us who just found out we just won $188 million would be hiding under a rock with our phone disconnected, CBS6 in North Carolina caught up with Marie to talk about her new big ballin’ status. They were hoping to get some hyped up winner, but surprisingly Marie was pretty calm because she says the seriousness of it all hasn’t hit her yet. She also said she’s not all about the bling bling…she really just wants to pay her tithes, set up accounts for her kids, buy a house and a new car.
Catch her interview highlights below:
On her reaction to winning
“I scared my kids. I was telling them we didn’t have to struggle no more and I was yelling when I did it so they said I scared them. I thought that I was gonna have a heart attack when I [saw] the ticket and I actually checked it.
On how she feels
“It feels…I don’t think it really hit me yet. I guess when it hits my account, that when it’s really gon’ hit me but I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have.”
On if she plays the lotto on the regular
“No. I only buy them when I can so I just decided to buy it. I told my mom to go get it for me and that was the winning ticket.”
On what she will do with the money she won
“First I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have any of it if it wasn’t for God. After that I’m going to set up accounts for my kids and when I figure out where we’re going to live, I’m going to buy a house for me and my kids. I’m going to make sure my family’s good.”
“I’m ready for it. I’m ready to embrace the change. It’ll hit me soon. I don’t want to seem like I’m ungrateful. I’m very grateful for what’s about to happen for my family.[…] I’m going to take my kids away for a little bit. You never know what people may be thinking when you win the lottery and stuff.
On her current situation
“I have four kids. One boy and three girls. I’ve been struggling since I had them. I wouldn’t trade nothing because they’re a blessing. I’m just thankful that I can actually do it for them without anybody’s help [or] without anybody telling me they did this or that so I don’t have to worry about the word ‘struggle’ no more and neither do they.”
“Everything is all for them. Every struggle that I ever went through it was all for them. I just want them to understand that money doesn’t change you but it can help you. They don’t have to worry about debt, none of that. They can go to college all on me. They don’t have to worry about nothing. I’m glad I can do that for them.”
On being unemployed
“No. I was currently looking for employment but then God brought this along so I’m grateful. I’m very grateful.”
On the one thing that would make this moment sweeter for her
“I’m just grateful for this moment and I kind of wish that my grandma was here to see this moment because I know she’s looking down on me and happy that I finally made it.”
Before she claims her prize money (she has 180 days to do so) she’s going to meet with a lawyer and financial advisor, and then she’s going to skip over to the Lotto office to get her check. She can either take monthly payments over 30 years, or take a lump sum.
Getting a steady hefty check in the mail for 30 years sounds pretty good right about now.
Congrats to Marie!!
Check out Marie’s interview below: