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‘It’s not going to change the person I am,’ North Carolina lottery winner claims prize

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina woman who won the Powerball lottery has cashed in her ticket.

Marie Holmes’ lottery ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the drawing.  The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with the Powerball number being 19.

She was presented with a $188 million check, but opted for the lump sum payout which is worth $127 million.

The single mother has four children, ages 7, 4, 3, and 9 months.

“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.

She says some of this money will be used for her children’s educations.

“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 says she also plans on continuing her own education in the nursing field.

Some of her friends and family will be taken care of as well.

According to WGHP, the mother of four has been living with seven other people in one home.

“It wasn’t comfortable but we made do,” she said.

She says she is going to make sure those people are taken care of.

“Everyone in that household is going to have their own place,” said Holmes.

While the woman says winning “still doesn’t feel real” she says one thing is for sure: “It’s not going to change the person I am.”

Before winning, Holmes told WECT that she had worked at McDonald’s and Walmart, but recently had to quit to care for her young children.

She is one of three people who won the $564 million jackpot.

 

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