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Single mother of 4 reveals how she will spend $127 million lottery winnings

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Marie Holmes, 26, once worked at McDonald’s and Walmart to make ends meet. However, she eventually stopped working to take care of her four kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy. The fathers of her children rarely provided financial help and Holmes and her family could only afford to live in a trailer home in North Carolina.

But Holmes life changed after she gave her mother $15 to purchase lottery tickets before church. One of the tickets contained the winning numbers for the Education Lottery.

Holmes decided to take a lump-sum payment of $127 million. At a recent press conference, she revealed how she plans on spending the money.

She plans on starting a college fund for each of her children; she will purchase a new home;  she will give some of her earnings to her church; and she plans to travel to Paris. If she visits France, it would be her first time outside of America.

But while Holmes’ dreams have come true, she will need to surround herself with great advisers and continue to educate herself on how to properly manage a fortune. In the past, several lottery winners have faced issues after winning it all and not being prepared to handle the drastic life change.


  1. Likewaterforchoc on February 24, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Ok, so immediately after this interview it would be a great idea for her to go off the grid. She needs to change her number and her address and only immediate family needs her personal info. Because after giving this interview and she goes back home, she will have everyone in the world knocking on her door asking to “invest” in businesses” or rap albums, asking for bill money and her church asking for a new building. She needs to “go dark” for a while after this press junket that she’s doing. Whatever her plans are, she needs to pack up her family and do it in another location.

  2. Sherri Etienne on February 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Can someone please tell me why this woman is all over television and conducting interviews? This is not the first time a person has won a substantial amount of money via the lottery and I swear I do not remember any of them doing press junkets.

    For the most part, with that much money and all the crazies in this world, I’d wish to remain anonymous. It’s nobody’s business who I am, where I live or what I’ve done. All you need to know is that I’ve won, please, thank you and goodbye!!!

    Something in this water just ain’t right man, something seems strange…

  3. Sherri Etienne on February 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Wait and where are the other two people she split the jackpot with???

    • sue on February 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      The other people most likely is getting advice to be as non-public as possible. Which this young lady should of done.

  4. sue on February 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Somebody should of guide her not come out so public. There are ways to collect the money without her name getting out. The lottery just what to exploit her, not caring that there are crazy people out there. She is young with four kids, which can make them a target. She needs to go into hiding and let this dye down and please do not do anymore interviews.

    • Sherri Etienne on February 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      But what about common sense Sue? She should simply know better unless they are exploiting the fact that somehow working at Mcdonalds and Walmart with 4 baby daddies makes her an idiot which is why she’s all over everywhere. There was a black guy in Florida who ended up dead, buried in cement in his “accountants” boyfriends backyard and he only won $25M. Telling the world your business is totally ridiculous!!!

  5. honeybutter on February 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    the smart thing to to is leave the state immediatly with the money in an account get an account manager , and sign checks only , move to new york get in a upscale hotel for about 6 months to a year , let no one know where you are no family members no one , give a few dollars to the family members you were close to or who supported you , and shut up in seclusion till the dust dies , if you just goatta be in carolina move to the wealthy gated area under a false name , and or put the house in a kids name . hire a nurse for the cerebral pasy child, and enjoy life , travel if you aint got a man alread y skipp that , cause anyone come in now gonna suck you dry .. for no reason but money not love .. and be wise girl , you dont need the curse of the lottery winners on lyou ,, it is a curse most of them i read go through that mony like water .

  6. BigSeannY on February 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

    She needs to keep quiet and move on,don’t talk about the money she won in lottery

    • Linda Perkins on February 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

      She should use some of the money to invest in a good education