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This Struggling Single Mom Just Won Powerball Jackpot — Here's the Unexpected Thing She Plans to Do First With the Money


"I'm just grateful for this moment."

A North Carolina mother of four who recently quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonalds to care for her four young children is believed to be one of the winners of the $188 million Powerball jackpot — and it's what she's planning to do first with her millions that's surprising.

Marie Holmes, 26, told WECT-TV that she's planning to donate money to church after she receives her payout.

"First I’m going to pay my tithes, because I wouldn't have none of it if it wasn't for God," she said.

Holmes also expressed her gratitude for being able to provide for her children — one of whom has cerebral palsy — in a way that she previously could have never imagined, noting that she plans to set up college funds and buy a new home.

But Holmes, who said she doesn't play the lottery often, also wants to be sure that she teaches her kids that money shouldn't change them.

"I just want them to understand that money doesn’t change you. It can help you. They don’t have to worry about that," she said. "They can go to college, on me. And they don’t have to worry about nothing. I’m glad I can do that for them."

Listen to her talk about her win in detail below:

While Holmes said, "I'm very grateful for what's about to happen for my family," she wasn't able to tell reporters what she planned to do for herself outside of purchasing a home and a car.

"I'm just grateful for this moment," Holmes said.


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