NC Powerball winner claims $188 million prize
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Lucky Brunswick County woman Marie Holmes has presented one of the three winning tickets for the Feb. 11 Powerball Jackpot of $564 million.
NC Education Lottery officials say Holmes' ticket, which was
, matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the drawing. Holmes chose to receive the lump sum payout which is worth approximately $127 million after taxes and was presented with a $188 million check.
Holmes explained she wasn't able to watch the drawing for the winning numbers, and saw the numbers posted online by a friend the next day. She couldn't believe what she saw, so she called her mom to verify the numbers.
"I scared my kids because I was jumping up and down," Holmes recalled.
Holmes plans to give back to the community, specifically to the church and to cerebral palsy organizations. She said she has always wanted to travel, and this winning the jackpot will allow her to fulfill those dreams. Additionally, Holmes plans to set up college funds for her children.
"This is going to make a huge difference for them," Holmes said. "They are going to be able to go to school, and not have to worry about paying for it. They are going to be able to live a comfortable life and not worry about struggling."
The full-time mother assured the winnings won't change who she is as a person.
"It's not going to change the person that I am, but its just going to change our situation financially," she explained." "We are going to be able to have our own everything, and don't have to worry about staying here or there. It's just going to be very fortunate for them (her children), and I can actually get them in programs they need to be in."
Holmes said she plans to continue her education in the nursing field.
This is the fourth time a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot win, and was the largest lottery jackpot in North Carolina history. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with the Powerball number being 19.
The two other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and Texas.
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