A 26-year-old mom of four kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy, is one of three winners in this week's Powerball lottery drawing.
Marie Holmes of Shallotte, North Carolina, is eligible for $188 million paid over 30 years or a $127 million lump sum payment (before federal and state taxes are withheld), according to FoxWilmington.com. She had previously worked at Walmart and McDonald's, but had to quit to better look after her children.
"I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it," Holmes told FoxWilmington. She said she screamed after the winning numbers were drawn, startling her kids.
Holmes wants to use the windfall to purchase a new home for her family, and also to set up college funds for her children. She noted, "I'm very grateful for what's about to happen for my family."
The other winning Powerball tickets were purchased in Texas and Puerto Rico.