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Black Single Mom Of Four Wins $188 Million Powerball

One of three winning tickets in Wednesday Powerball drawing belongs to Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old mother with four kids, one of whom has cerebal palsy.

Via WSOCTV reports:

Holmes worked at Walmart and McDonald’s but had quit to take care of her children.

When she was asked if she’s ready to deal with that much money, Holmes said, “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.” (Watch interview.)

She said she will donate some of the money to her church and then put aside money for her children to go to college.

The other two winning tickets for Wednesday night’s Powerball were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico.

Somebody who stopped by a Shell station in southern Puerto Rico was potentially $100 million richer on Thursday, winning a share of a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot — the first winner outside the continental United States.

The winner, who will share the jackpot with whoever purchased a winning ticket in North Carolina and another in Texas, has not yet come forward. But several Puerto Ricans who bought tickets at the station in the coastal city of Ponce have stopped by to ask about who won, said employee Yomaris Rentas.

She had just started her shift at the 24-hour station early Thursday when the lottery machine began printing a message alerting her that the winning ticket had been sold there.

“I couldn’t believe it!” she said with a laugh. “We’re celebrating.”

The winner can claim the prize starting on Friday, choosing between a lump sum payment of $101.6 million or 30 payments over 29 years, said Antonio Perez Lopez, assistant secretary of the Puerto Rico Lottery.

“We are beyond thrilled with the news that we already have a multimillion-dollar winner just four months after Puerto Rico began selling Powerball tickets,” he said.

Neither of the other two winners has been identified either.

The Texas Lottery posted on Twitter that one of the winning tickets was sold at Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, a city about 40 miles north of Dallas.

Lottery officials in North Carolina said the other winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Shallotte, a coastal town just north of the South Carolina border.

How do you think the mom will spend her share of the lotto??


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