NC Powerball winner: 'I was jumping up and down'
Posted February 23, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A Brunswick County woman who was one of three people who matched all six numbers in the $564.1 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Feb. 11 was in Raleigh Monday afternoon to discuss her giant prize and take questions from the media.
"I scared my kids, because I was jumping up and down," said Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old single mother of four who won $188 million of the prize. "I'm still processing it. It's not hit me yet."
The winning ticket was sold at Scotchman, a Shallote convenience store.
"It’s not going to change the person that I am, but it is going to change our situation," Holmes said, adding that she now has a financial advisor and a person with her at all times to keep her safe.
Holmes opted to take a lump sum of $127 million instead of the $188 million, which would have been paid to her through yearly payments. After taxes, she went home with $88 million.
Holmes said she plans to use the money for her children's education, to travel and to donate to a church and charities. She also hopes to continue her own education in the nursing field.
"I'm definitely moving," she said. "I always wanted to travel, so I'm going to explore my options."
Two other winning tickets purchased in Puerto Rico and Texas also matched all of the numbers in the drawing.
The jackpot was the third largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The last time a Powerball jackpot climbed so high was May 2013 when a Florida ticket won a $590.5 million prize.
The largest payout in U.S. history was to three ticket holders in the Mega Millions game, the other national lottery drawing. That was a $656 million prize won in March 2012 by players in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.