17 February 2015
It's the story that refuses to be laid to rest - the story of the $564 million US Powerball jackpot that made headlines recently by being the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever, and the fifth-largest in US history!
For weeks the lottery world was abuzz with excitement - would this draw be the one that finally saw the Powerball jackpot being claimed? Or would it roll over again to an even bigger and more tempting prize? On Wednesday evening the breathless anticipation finally came to an end as not one, but three lucky Powerball winners at last claimed the gargantuan jackpot, to the tune of a massive $188 million each.
For days the winners' identities were a mystery to all. Reports showed that the three winners hailed from North Carolina, Texas, and Puerto Rico, nothing more. Who were they? Did they even know they'd won? And what, WHAT would they be doing with their whopping $188 million prize?
At last we lottery enthusiasts are a little closer to finding answers, as one of the lucky three has finally come forward and revealed their identity. Introducing Marie Holmes, 26, an unemployed mother of four and North Carolina's newest multi-millionaire and Powerball winner!
It's difficult to think of a more deserving winner than Marie, who has been struggling to make ends meet after working in a string of low-paying retail jobs. But no-one was more shocked than she was when she realised that the lottery ticket she had bought from her uncle turned out to be the winning one.
A bigger emotion than shock however, must be the relief that this single mother is now feeling at having her family's future secured. “I don’t have to worry about the word ‘struggle’ no more, and neither do they,” she says. “I just want them to understand that money doesn’t change you, but it can help you, so they don’t have to worry about debt, none of that. They can go to college; they don’t have to worry about nothing. And I’m glad that I can do that for them.”
Beyond providing for her son and three daughters, Marie has other plans for her windfall too - such as helping out other family members in need, and paying tithes on her winnings as well. But while her win comes with an overwhelming sense of hope for the future, it comes at a bittersweet price for Marie, who only wishes her beloved "second mother" grandmother could have been alive to witness her good fortune.
“I know she’s looking down at me and happy that I finally made it; we finally made it, and I can actually do this for my kids,” she says.
While Marie's win still has to be confirmed by lottery officials, her attitude is a positive one. “I’m very, very grateful,” she says. “I’m ready to embrace the change.”
Becoming a multi-millionaire is certainly a change we'd like to embrace - and you can too, all for the price of one lottery ticket! If you'd like to follow Marie's winning example, all you have to do is buy your lottery ticket online from GiantLottos.com and enter your favourite lotto draw today! Get your lucky numbers in a row and we could soon be seeing you make headline with your own life-changing million-dollar jackpot!
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