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Powerball winner gives $680,000 to Shallotte church

Posted November 28, 2015

Lottery winner Marie Holmes
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— Marie Holmes, winner of $88 million in March playing Powerball, made a Christmas gift of $680,000 to the church she has attended since she was a girl.

Holmes, a 27-year-old single mother from Brunswick County, won $188 million, but opted to take a lump sum of $127 million. After taxes, she went home with $88 million.

When her prize was announced, Holmes said she planned to tithe, or give 10 percent of her winnings to charity. Her gift to Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church will pay for long-overdue repairs and renovations to the church and its equipment.

Holmes' aunt, Carmel Wheaton, said five generations of her family have been members of Pleasant Hill, a 130-year-old church located in Brunswick County about halfway between Shallotte and Ocean Isle. The predominantly African American church has about 400 members and about 135 regular attendees, Pastor Rev. Dr. Vaughn Cherry said.

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  • John Kaiser Nov 29, 2015
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    "The sad part here is, she won $188 million, yet after taxes, only walked away with $88 million. That means the government won $100 million."

    The difference between 188 million and 127 million is due to her choice to accept a lump sump versus payments over time. It isn't due to taxes. Now the difference between 127 million and 88 million is due to taxes.

  • Roy Hinkley Nov 29, 2015
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    Because of the way she chose to take the payout she really won $127M and walked away with $88M after paying 30% in taxes.

  • Real Libertine Nov 29, 2015
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    Unfortunately, Mr. Mallard, serfs have been so conditioned to government extortion, they don't even blink as their pockets are being picked.

  • Real Libertine Nov 29, 2015
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    God still loves you, John Snow.

  • John Snow Nov 29, 2015
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    $680k utterly wasted.

  • Joseph Mallard Nov 28, 2015
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    The sad part here is, she won $188 million, yet after taxes, only walked away with $88 million. That means the government won $100 million. Am I the only one who sees the problem here? And the government still claims that they are broke. The words I want to say here, would get yet another posting name, barred from further posting.

  • John Kramer Nov 28, 2015
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    She got so much money that she could do both, I bet. And I, for one, applaud her. It is her money to spend as she wishes.

  • Steve Faulkner Nov 28, 2015
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    At least she is doing something useful with the money now, other than to keep bailing out her criminal boyfriend.

  • John Kramer Nov 28, 2015
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    If you read the article carefully, she said she would give 10 percent to charity, not a specific one. She is on her way to that by a giving generous gift to a charity- a church.

    I congratulate her for her generosity.

  • Stacie Hagwood Nov 28, 2015
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    What a nice story; though the math is a bit off for tithing! Still very nice.