‘It’s not going to change the person I am,’ says NC lottery winner who claims prize
RALEIGH, N.C. — It’s official: Brunswick County woman Marie Holmes has presented one of the three winning tickets for the Feb. 11 Powerball Jackpot of $564 million.
Education Lottery officials say her ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the drawing. Holmes has opted for the lump sum of $127 million.
“I scared my kids because I was jumping up and down. They were running away from me,” she said at a news conference Monday afternoon in Raleigh, accompanied by numerous family members.
Holmes said she is still processing everything, and has financial advisors to help her.
The single mother has four children, ages 7, 4, 3, and 9 months.
“This is a going to make a huge difference for them,” she said. “They will be able to go to school and not have to pay for it. ”
Holmes has been living with seven people in one home.
“It wasn’t comfortable but we made do,” she said.
But now, “everyone in that household is going to have their own place,” said Holmes, who bought the winning ticket at a Scotchman in Shallotte.
She plans on continuing her education in the nursing field and do some traveling, perhaps to Paris.
While winning still “doesn’t feel real” she said she knows one thing for sure: “It’s not going to change the person I am.”
This is the fourth time a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot win. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with the Powerball number being 19.
The two other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and Texas.