The lady pictured above, Marie Holmes, won a lottery and got a bunch of money. She indicated that she was going to pay her tithes with it and take care of her family which includes a young child with cerebral palsy.
One of the three Powerball lottery winners has already decided what she’s going to do with at least part of the $188 million she won earlier this week.
“First I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” Marie Holmes toldWECT 6.
The news of Holmes’ win is certainly an inspiring one, as the 26-year-old single mother of four children, one of which has cerebral palsy, revealed that she previously worked at McDonalds and Walmart, but had to quit in order to care for her children.
“I was currently looking for employment, and then God brought this along. I’m grateful. I’m grateful.”
While she admits that the reality of her win hasn’t fully set in, she’s ready to embrace her new life.
“I’m ready for it. I’m ready to embrace the change. I’m very grateful for what’s about to happen for my family,” Holmes told WSOC TV.
In addition to cutting her church a hefty check, Holmes’ plans for the money includes putting money aside for her children’s college tuition and buying a house.
“I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have,” she expressed. “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 and then I’m going to make sure my family is good.”
What makes Holmes’ story so heartwarming is knowing how much she has struggled up to this point.
“I have four kids, one boy and three girls. I’ve been struggling since I had them, but 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, without anybody telling me that they did this or that. I don’t have to worry about the word ‘struggle’ anymore and neither do they.”
The entire jackpot was for $564.1 million. The other two winning tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico
That’s real nice. That’s a good story.
I don’t put a lot of feel good stories on my page, so you probably could figure out what happened next.
Shortly after she won the money, Holmes posted $3 million bond for her boyfriend Lamarr McDow. McDow was in jail, facing heroin trafficking charges. McDow was implicated after an investigation unearthed more than 8,000 bags of heroin.
But Holmes found herself behind bars too recently. Last month, police came to her home to arrest McDow who had violated conditions of his parole by missing curfew. When officers searched the house, they found McDow had a .45 caliber pistol and there was less than a half an ounce of the drug and paraphernalia in Holmes’ Brunswick County home.
She then spent an additional $6 million to get McDow out of prison. He was released with a GPS monitoring device.
Two other people in the house were also charged with simple possession. Three children were present at the time of the arrest, McDow said they were his children.
According to WWAY, Holmes and McDow are engaged.
Hold on a second, I need a gif that appropriately expresses my feelings.
Now I feel better. Wait a second…
McDow, who goes by the street name “Hot Sauce” was one of three suspects arrested in November 2014 as part of a year-long investigation.
I have so. many. questions.
- How is it possible to run up a bond of 6 million dollars? Who did you piss off to get a bond that high?
- What happens to the original 3 million dollar bond? Did he lose it?
- What’s up with this lady? How did you pick this guy? How many bad decisions does it take to get here? How did we get here? Can I get a couple hundred bucks on these student loans? It wouldn’t even be one million.
This is a bad decision. No, this is THE bad decision of the year. This lady is the captain of team bad decisions. She’s the captain Team bad decisions deserves AND the one that it needs right now.
Commissioner Gordon’s going to be really upset about this one.
I really hope things work out for these two. I actually do. because if not it’s going to be more proof that we don’t deserve nice things.
story via Madame Noire, Madame Noire again, WECT, WSOC and WWAY