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How Mom of Four Who Won $188M in Powerball Plans to Spend the Money

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How Mom of Four Who Won $188M in Powerball Plans to Spend the Money

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Moms of the world, raise your hands: One of our own has hit the jackpot. Mother of four, Marie Holmes, has come forward to say that she won $188 million with her Powerball ticket in the $564 million lottery drawing on Wednesday.

 

“I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it,” the 26-year-old from Shallotte, North Carolina, told WECTthe next day, showing a reporter her golden ticket (though Holmes hasn’t officially been verified as a winner yet). She added that her reaction gave her son and three girls a real fright. “I was telling my kids that we don’t have to struggle any more, and I was yelling when I did it, so they ran and said I’d scared them.” 

 

The shock is obviously a welcome one, though, especially because Holmes is currently unemployed after having had to quit her jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald’s to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. “I’ve been struggling since I had them,” she said. “But I wouldn’t trade [anything] because they’re a blessing. I’m just thankful that I can actually do for them without anybody’s help. I don’t have to worry about struggling anymore.” 

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Holmes can choose to take her $188 million as an annuity paid over 30 years, according to the North Carolina Lottery’s Twitter page, or as a $127 million lump sum payment before federal and state taxes are withheld. The other two tickets were bought in Puerto Rico and in Texas. Either way, Holmes and her children are set for life. 

 

“This is all for them, everything is all for them, all the struggle that I ever went through is all for them,” she said. “They can go to college, all on me and they don’t have to worry about anything…I’m thankful I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have.” 

 

But before Holmes starts spending on the house that she wants to buy her brood or open funds for their education and savings she says she plans to pay her tithe — by definition a tenth of one’s income — to her church. “First I’m going to pay my tithe because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” she said.   

 

Giving back is an important lesson for kids of every age to learn, saysKids, Wealth, and Consequences author, Jayne Pearl. But you don’t have to win the lottery to give children the opportunity to practice becoming charitable. The expert shares her top three tips: 

 

Show kids how money can make a difference. 


Has there been a crisis in the news or a tragedy that seems to worry or upset your child? Sit down with him or her and explain how it’s easy to feel despondent about problems we can’t effect, “but these things happen in life and one thing we can do is donate money to help people and help them fix problems,” says Pearl. “Transforming that upset into action is a powerful way to make kids feel empowered instead of upset or hopeless.” 

 

Then, let them select where your family gives. 


Set aside all those donation solicitations into a special folder that you review, with your kids, two or three times a year. “Take them out and say, ‘Here are the categories we might consider donating to,’” says the expert, who divvies her mailings into domestic, international, disease, poverty, and so on. “’What categories do you think are the most important for us to donate to?’” Let them make some choices and invite them to include a portion of their allowance.

 

“That lets them have some skin in the game,” she says. “So they feel like they’re really doing something.” 

 

Just don’t make it all about cash.


“There are so many important ways to show that you value helping other people, and get children to understand that there are ways to help, whatever socio-economic category you are in,” says Pearl. “Show kids how charity is not all money but sweat equity too.” Try encouraging kids to volunteer at a soup kitchen, visit an old-age home, participate in a Habitat for Humanity project. “The important thing is to become aware of how you can help people in need,” she says.   

 

Note that requiring children to save to give to charity isn’t part of Pearl’s playbook. “I don’t believe in forcing kids to do that because in the longterm it’s not inspiring them to do it on their own,” she says. “That can even invite kids not to save or give in rebellion against parents’ rules.” What you want is to really instill the value of charity into children. “Parents need to show their children that charity is important to them,” she says. “That example, more than anything else, is what will be most likely to get your kids to give in the future too.”

 

 

 

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''she says she plans to pay her tithe — by definition a tenth of one’s income — to her church. “First I’m going to pay my tithe because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” she said."

 

She will be broke within 2 years when all the slick people and family go through her money like water. Just may as well directly put the money in the pastor's bank account, damn fool! Her pastor can't sleep because he is thinking how he is going to spend HER/HIS money  

 

The fact she exposed herself and made that tithing statement shows she can be shook down for millions, she is an easy target to be conned. Exposing herself like that is just DUMB and it shows how unprepared and unsophisticated she is to have anything left in just a few years down the road.  

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I hope someone with her best interest at heart will get to her before all the 'grifters' do; someone who will tell her to set up trust funds for her kids, buy a home with land, set up a modest to moderate (not extravagant) income allotment to herself to live off, set aside some money for her retirement, and drill into her head that she cannot help each and every family member, friend, neighbor, charity, etc., or she will be broke and right back where she started.  

 

She really should just leave town, find good community in a family-friendly city, buy a home with land to raise her children, take her parents with her if they want to go, give her siblings all equivalent lump sums help them out, donate some money to an organization or charity that helps children and/or youth, get herself enrolled in college and don't look back---don't even be in town when all the 'grifters' come looking and calling.  

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

I hope someone with her best interest at heart will get to her before all the 'grifters' do; someone who will tell her to set up trust funds for her kids, buy a home with land, set up a modest to moderate (not extravagant) income allotment to herself to live off, set aside some money for her retirement, and drill into her head that she cannot help each and every family member, friend, neighbor, charity, etc., or she will be broke and right back where she started.  

 

She really should just leave town, find good community in a family-friendly city, buy a home with land to raise her children, take her parents with her if they want to go, give her siblings all equivalent lump sums help them out, donate some money to an organization or charity that helps children and/or youth, get herself enrolled in college and don't look back---don't even be in town when all the 'grifters' come looking and calling.  

US Virgin Islands is a place she needs to go. She needs to be no where on the mainland, get away from her kin, just her and the kids. No one will bother her in the USVI , its beautiful and have some of the best schools in the world for her kids and the people are very wholesome and are of decent morality. The USVI's are beautiful it would be a great spot for her to gather her thoughts, rest and meditate to make better decisions. Lots of other wealthy people live there too, not many people looking to rip her off. 

 

But she will stay in town, trying to be Miss, Fairy Tooth Mother. After tithing she will be on her way to being broke.

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Originally Posted by ocatchings:

I don't know why she would go public with this?

 

I know I wouldn't have.  However, whoever wins is public information and their names have to be publicly posted by the Lottery Commission, but even then, if "Jane Smith" wins does not give interviews and run around telling everyone and their mama, the 'public' wouldn't know one "Jane Smith" from the next million "Jane Smiths".  

 

I think she better go incognito, fast, before some criminals get some ideas in their head.

The message has to be sent to this pretty young mother, "A fool and his money are soon parted."  Hopefully, she'll learn and be able to enjoy her fortune for years to come.  She's so young!!!  Monetarily, she's lucky as can be. She can grab her children, go somewhere where she can breathe and sing and laugh and dance. That's what I'd do. God, I'd be one happy *ITCH.  Congratulations pretty Marie Holmes.  Keep your business to yourself and ENJOY!!!!!!

She will take her money and invest it in blue chip stocks, hedge funds, prime real estate and promising Silicone Valley start ups. And all her children will attend top notch private schools, receive the best tutors and attend Stanford, MIT, Harvard or Georgetown.....NOT!!!! The only thing that will differ in 10 years is all the money will be gone and she will probably add no less than two more children to her illegitimate baby mama brood....Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Originally Posted by sunnubian:
Originally Posted by ocatchings:

I don't know why she would go public with this?

 

I know I wouldn't have.  However, whoever wins is public information and their names have to be publicly posted by the Lottery Commission, but even then, if "Jane Smith" wins does not give interviews and run around telling everyone and their mama, the 'public' wouldn't know one "Jane Smith" from the next million "Jane Smiths".  

 

I think she better go incognito, fast, before some criminals get some ideas in their head.

There have been a number of lottery winners who managed to stay anonymous or handled the money and protected it before their names became public. Perhaps there are some lotto's that have laws that prohibit winners in doing that. But I hope she is strong willed enough to be able to say no to the wrong people. But she talking about tithing and giving interviews like that is nothing but a call to come and get it. 

 

Again she just might handle things well despite being shocked like that as a big lotto winner, most people would likely be out of sorts a bit. Hopefully she calms down, get out of town and off the mainland.

 

I saw a documentary on how many lotto winners handled things very well and many others who went broke within 2 to 3 years.  

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$88 Million Powerball Lottery Winner Has Spent $21 Million Bailing Out Criminal Boyfriend

AFRICANGLOBE – Remember the touching story of Powerball lottery winner Marie Holmes? She was a single mother of four in North Carolina who won $88 million in the lottery after buying a ticket at her local gas station. That kind of money is immediately life-changing. And it sure did change the life of Holmes’ boyfriend, Lamarr McDow. The lottery winner has used millions of her winnings to bail her alleged drug dealer boyfriend out of jail. Was she just standing by her man or is there more to the story? This is one insanely twisted situation!

Holmes hit the Powerball jackpot last February. She won a third of the $564.1 million dollar jackpot and received $88 million after taxes. Holmes immediately said that she would give a tenth of her winnings to her church, the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Holmes stipulated that $150,000 of her nearly $700,000 donation should be used to help struggling single mothers, the elderly, and others in financial trouble. Holmes was giving back to the church that had helped her while she was working two jobs and struggling to raise her children. Prior to her Powerball win, Holmes worked at Wal-Mart and McDonald’s. Her four children are all under the age of 10 and one has cerebral palsy.

McDow was in jail on heroin trafficking charges at the time of Holmes’ lotto win. He had been arrested in late 2014, after a 12-month investigation into a heroin trafficking ring in Brunswick County. Police put GPS trackers on his car and tapped his phone as part of their investigation. In November of 2014, police seized 1,600 bags of heroin and arrested McDow and two other men. He was charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin. The amount of heroin that was seized, carried a minimum prison sentence of 225 months.

McDow read about Marie Holmes’ lottery win in the newspaper. Shortly thereafter Holmes used $3 million of her winnings to bail McDow out of jail. He then moved into her brand new $350,000 home in a gated community in Shallotte, North Carolina.

A few months later, in July 2015, McDow was arrested at the house he shared with Holmes. She posted $6 million in bail for that drug arrest.

You know the saying “more money than sense?” That is definitely at play here, for both Holmes and McDow.

On New Year’s Day, Holmes spent another $12 million to bail her 31-year-old baby daddy out of jail when he was arrested for the third time in 13 months on charges of being involved in an illegal street race.

If McDow doesn’t show up for trial, Holmes will lose $21 million – a quarter of her winnings.$88 Million Powerball Lottery Winner Has Spent $21 Million Bailing Out Criminal Boyfriend

 

McDow denies allegations that he is a drug dealer. He says he is the victim of racism and jealousy due to his girlfriend’s wealth. According to McDow, Holmes found her massive wealth to be a burden. That’s easy for him to say, seeing that he has benefitted from her winnings so much.

Besides bailing him out of jail three times to the tune of $21 million, Holmes set him up in an auto repair business. She also bought him a brand new pickup truck and a $15,000 diamond encrusted gold Rolex watch. He’s living large compared to when he was arrested in 2014. At that time he claimed to have no income and assets totaling just $120.

After Holmes bailed McDow out for the third time on New Year’s Day, critics of her actions lit up the Internet with outrage. Many women urged Holmes to dump him.

Wouldn’t it be nice if she would? Oh, but that is not going to happen. There’s more to this story…

Last summer when police arrived at Holmes’ house in search of McDow, she was there. After his November 2014 arrest on heroin charges, McDow was fitted with a GPS ankle monitor. The monitor indicated he had been out and about after his 7 pm curfew. The police arrived to check on that issue and allegedly smelled marijuana. They obtained a search warrant. A copy of the warrant shows that the police believed the house was being used to store the proceeds of drug deals. McDow, Holmes, and three other men were arrested on suspicion of running a narcotics business out of the home.

The drug charges against Holmes were later dropped. That’s when she ponied up $6 million to bail her lover out of jail.$88 Million Powerball Lottery Winner Has Spent $21 Million Bailing Out Criminal Boyfriend

Notice how the bail kept doubling? The first arrest in November 2014 was $3 million. Then it was $6 million. Then it was $12 million for the New Year’s Day shenanigans. McDow was very aware that under North Carolina law, his bail would double each time he was arrested even though he has publicly claimed that the courts only set his bail so high because Holmes had the means to pay it.

At the time, Marie Holmes took to Facebook to address her critics:

What y’all need to be worried about is y’all money and not how I spend mine this is benefiting y’all how? And no he’s no drug dealer or user but who are y’all to judge anybody? I will definitely pray for y’all because it’s much need … they talked about Jesus so I’m not surprised y’all are talking about me but be blessed though.

Meanwhile, there is a court document in McDow’s file that shows that he was aware that his bail would be $12 million the next time he broke the terms of his release. His signature is on the document that reads:

“The defendant acknowledges and agrees that violation of the rule of the GPS Pretrial Release program will result in immediate re-incarceration and the defendant will be held under the second bond of $12 million with GPS.”

Holmes has lost $1.5 million in bail bondsman fees just to keep her boyfriend out of jail. These fees are non-refundable. And again, if McDow doesn’t show up for his trial, she will lose the $21 million she has pledged in bail money.

McDow claims his latest arrest is a case of mistaken identity. Holmes has not been seen at her fancy new house since McDow’s latest arrest. 

What do you think the odds are of McDow showing up to his trial?

Pretty woman, you're spending all this money on a bi-polar asshole that doesn't give a damn about you. If he did, he'd be with you helping you, loving you and helping to raise your children, not spending his time locked up in a cage like King Kong.

If a bastard doesn't love himself, pretty woman, you're barking up the wrong tree looking for love in return. White folks will take all that money. They don't want you to have it in the first damn place. Take your money, take your children and raise them to the best of your ability. If you have money, you don't need this asshole or any mother's son for that matter, in any way, shape nor form. What this creep has, every man has; find one that has some class and take heaps of it for yourself. Congratulations on your win. You have more than many, appreciate your gift.

This brother that you love so much looks like if he ever gets really mad, he'll wipe someone off the map. That "someone" could be you. Not a good look at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks "black Trumpish".

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sunnubian posted:
Originally Posted by ocatchings:

I don't know why she would go public with this?

 

I know I wouldn't have.  However, whoever wins is public information and their names have to be publicly posted by the Lottery Commission, but even then, if "Jane Smith" wins does not give interviews and run around telling everyone and their mama, the 'public' wouldn't know one "Jane Smith" from the next million "Jane Smiths".  

 

I think she better go incognito, fast, before some criminals get some ideas in their head.

In the DC area, they make someone come forward so that the lottery doesn't look fixed.  In one case, I saw a winner that hired an attorney to receive the check on stage at the lottery press conference.  If I won, I'd I would leave the country and never come back

 

Norland posted:

Pretty woman, you're spending all this money on a bi-polar asshole that doesn't give a damn about you. If he did, he'd be with you helping you, loving you and helping to raise your children, not spending his time locked up in a cage like King Kong.

If a bastard doesn't love himself, pretty woman, you're barking up the wrong tree looking for love in return. White folks will take all that money. They don't want you to have it in the first damn place. Take your money, take your children and raise them to the best of your ability. If you have money, you don't need this asshole or any mother's son for that matter, in any way, shape nor form. What this creep has, every man has; find one that has some class and take heaps of it for yourself. Congratulations on your win. You have more than many, appreciate your gift.

This brother that you love so much looks like if he ever gets really mad, he'll wipe someone off the map. That "someone" could be you. Not a good look at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks "black Trumpish".

Why she don't listen, or hear someone like you? You know people have tried to speak some sense into her. Back in high school I had a girlfriend like that, would do anything for me and as beautiful and willing as she was it felt a like a one way street and I despised that. A relationship needs yin and yang.

That man she is bailing out don't love or care for her which is why he don't mind her blowing 21 million back to the criminal justice system because of his recklessness.  It would seem he could easily slip into a loving and relaxed lifestyle with a woman that loves him so much she would throw tens of millions away for him. 

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Men don't hurt, abuse or take advantage of women they love.  It's just so damn hard to find folks that LOVE anything these days. They don't even love themselves. I feel sorry for Miss Pretty woman. Some of us stay dumb as ticks until it's just about time to die.

I just watched Minister Farrakhan and a 2 hours speech of his on the abuse of women. She needs to look at him for awhile. Minister Farrakhan speaks lots of TRUTH.

One more time:  WHEN THEY LOVE YA, THEY DON'T HURT YA IN ANY WAY!!!!!!! 

There's a heap of difference between LOVE and FUCKED UP. Homeboy, above, looks like when you piss him off; he'll put your lights out PERMANENTLY. Miss Pretty, ask him to take an STD test. Take care of your children; take a trip to the Bahamas. Get out of Dodge!!!!!! Tell Niggerito "See ya later, Alligator!" Roll around in your money; take care of your children. They'll be taking care of you one day. We don't stay young and vibrant forever. Piss off your kids, they won't be there for you when you need them. YOU WILL NEED THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It takes 7,665 days to raise the rug rats from birth to age 21. The time flies. I can attest to that!!!!!! I watch my over 50 year olds walk up in here, I haven't even forgotten the first labor pain. Seems like yesterday; it wasn't. Smarten up Miss Pretty. If you don't, life will do it for you; hopefully, without too many tears.

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  They can TAKE all of the 21 mill?  How can they take all of her money?  I understand the 12 mill but why the extra 9?  I have NEVER heard of this.  Never.  Dude must give some good you know what...cuz I would have DROPPED his ass the minute they picked him up and threw him in jail.  It would have been Toodles.  Bet he wouldn't have DONE THIS FOR HER.  He probably would have gotten the first white whore he saw and BOUNCED...like most black men do. That's crazy for her to do that and she has children.  Home chick need therapy. Which is a much better way to spend  her money.  Cuz that's HER money.    But!

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Sista Norland wrote:  Smarten up Miss Pretty.

 

  That's why I said what I said on another thread about PRETTY.  And this is PROOF...that pretty is only on the outside looking in empty like a hollow.  And this time when she looks in?  It's gon be more than being hollow and shallow, She gon be broke.   Pit. i. ful.     You know I would be totally embarrassed that everyone saw that I was that STUPID.  But pretty does what pretty does...right?  But!

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She is very pretty.  I just hope that someone has reached out to her to give her some honest advice on what to do with all that money.  She could even talk to her bank manager.  She really needs to move away from an environment that attracts people like that sorry ass boyfriend into her life, and make sure that she is doing all the right things to take care of her children [two of whom are disabled from what I've read] and herself

I just hope that someone has reached out to her to give her some honest advice on what to do with all that money.  She could even talk to her bank manager.  She really needs to move away from an environment that attracts people like that sorry ass boyfriend into her life, and make sure that she is doing all the right things to take care of her children [two of whom are disabled from what I've read] and herself

She also needs to hire an attorney that will file a complaint with their State Attorney and her Congress person that the Judge in her boyfriend's case violating The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that requires that bail not be excessive.

She really needs to move away from an environment that attracts people like that sorry ass boyfriend into her life, and make sure that she is doing all the right things to take care of her children [two of whom are disabled from what I've read] and herself FIRST.

 

If I had all that money, my Homeboy would look like on the order of President Obama. I'd be damned if I'd be waking up looking at THAT!! Wouldn't be cool waking up to dysentery every day of my length of time with him; which for me would be 1/2 second. I don't care how long the pecker is, when that joker's going to jail, you don't know WHAT THE PECKER'S pokin' or what's being poked in between those funky butt cheeks. When you're dying from AIDS, it doesn't matter how long the pecker was or how good. You'll be good and fuckin' DEAD. No one's worth that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss Pretty needs to take her money and rock her and her kids' world. Forget about this jacked-up muhfugger. Obtain some class and find someone with class; and make sure your kids are SMART so they'll be able to traverse this world of YT and steer clear of the coperoos and jail and coffins.

Grab some of that "SMART" for yourself Miss Pretty Millionaire who won't be on for long if you keep hanging  with Droopy-Eyed Jail Bird above.

Just for the record, Miss Pretty, not too many black men are shabby in the Plowing Department; that's why they're going to their graves on the regular. Find the right one, he'll be pleasurable; comes along with the package.  It's called Rhythm Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Find the good stuff that goes along with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky dog, monetarily wise; learn how to spend it correctly!!!!!!!! Invest some of it in Hitlertrumpet or Bloomberg. They're doing swell; ole lop headed billionaires. Maybe you'll be able to walk along side Oprah if you get your act together. If not Oprah, maybe Gail. Good luck, Miss Pretty, wish you the best!!!! Buy your mother something really nice if she's living. If it wasn't for her, you wouldn't know Dumb Ditty Dumb-Dumb that's taking you to the cleaners.

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