Talk about a Cinderella story!
After it was announced that three people had winning tickets in the $564 million Powerball jackpot, Marie Holmes of Shallotte, N.C. — a mother-of-four and former employee of McDonald's and Wal-Mart — couldn't believe her eyes when she looked at the numbers. She'd won!
"I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it," she told NBC affiliate WECT after allegedly meeting with state lottery officials.
The 26-year-old reveals that she was forced to quit her jobs at the two chain stores in order to care for her children, including one who has cerebral palsy.
So what will Holmes do with her prize, which is worth either $188 million paid over 30 years or $127 million in a single payment? She plans on giving to her church, buying a new house and setting up college funds for her kids.
The other winners, whose tickets were purchased in Texas and Puerto Rico, have yet to come forward, but the store owner in Princeton, Texas, has spoken out about his prize — a $1 million bonus just for selling the winner!
"I want to help my family," Chandra Siwakoti told 'USA TODAY.' "I have half of my family overseas in Nepal. My goal is to help those that are in a remote area of the country."
NBC affiliate WECT was the first to talk with Holmes about her win.