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NC Powerball winner identifies herself

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC — A woman from Shallotte, North Carolina, has come forward with what she believes is the winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday's drawing.

A reporter who spoke with 26-year-old Marie Holmes confirms the numbers and date on her ticket match those that were drawn for the $188 million payout.

"I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it," Holmes explained with a noticeable grin. The mother of four said she screamed after the winning numbers were drawn Wednesday night and ran and told her kids. "They said I scared them," Holmes joked.Holmes said she was forced to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. She said the first thing she's going to do with the money is tithe because, as she puts it, "I wouldn't have none of it if it wasn't for God."

Holmes also plans to set up college funds for her children and buy a new house after deciding where to move. When asked if she's ready for the impact the lottery win will have on her life, Holmes offered, "I'm ready for it. I'm ready to embrace the change. I'm very grateful for what's about to happen for my family."

Holmes will confer with lawyers and speak to a financial advisor in Raleigh before turning in the ticket to North Carolina lottery officials.

According to the N.C. Education Lottery's twitter page, the ticket is worth $188 million annuity paid over 30 years, or a $127 million lump sum payment before federal and state taxes are withheld. The store is eligible to receive $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling the winning jackpot ticket, according to the NC Education Lottery.

"It's a lucky day to be in North Carolina," said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. "We look forward to meeting the jackpot winner, but the most important thing for the winner to do today is sign the back of the ticket and secure it in a safe place. This is a life-changing event. The lucky winner should take some time and get sound professional advice before coming in to get the big check."

This will be the fourth time a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot win.

The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing had climbed to an estimated $564 million. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39, and 54, with Powerball number 19.

The two other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and in Texas.

The previous North Carolina record jackpot win was $141.4 million, set in February 2010.

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Posted: February 13, 2015, 8:41 am - IP Logged

Congrats to Marie Holmes! Smile

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    Posted: February 13, 2015, 8:41 am - IP Logged

    Oh dear god in heaven.  I hope she doesn't come up missing.  What a fool thing to do, come forward before turning in the ticket.

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      Posted: February 13, 2015, 8:46 am - IP Logged

      Oh dear god in heaven.  I hope she doesn't come up missing.  What a fool thing to do, come forward before turning in the ticket.

      Dayum can you be more positive you mad because you didnt win

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        Posted: February 13, 2015, 8:46 am - IP Logged

        Those that need it, got it... sweeeeet.

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          Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:06 am - IP Logged

          Congratulation Marie, I am so glad that you gave God the glory. It's nice that she is going to consult with a Financial Adviser and Lawyer to make sure her children are provided for.

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            Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:11 am - IP Logged

            Skepticalbroke in 3 1/2 years

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              Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:11 am - IP Logged

              Looks like she won it on the fourth line Thumbs Up

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                Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:18 am - IP Logged

                26 years old? Not 86? Conspiracy theorists have definitely been driven underground! Lol.

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                  Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:27 am - IP Logged

                  26 years old? Not 86? Conspiracy theorists have definitely been driven underground! Lol.

                  What are you talking about!?  Or is this a poor attempt to stir up drama?

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                    Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:30 am - IP Logged

                    Congrats to Mrs. Marie Holmes and her family. She sure sounds like a deserving winner.

                    She gives credit to the Lord for her blessing.

                     I Pray for her continued success and protection.

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                      Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:32 am - IP Logged

                      What are you talking about!?  Or is this a poor attempt to stir up drama?

                      Why do you feel obligated to respond to everything I post? Learn to ignore things sometimes. Geesh. It's called restraint.

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                        Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:39 am - IP Logged

                        Why do you feel obligated to respond to everything I post? Learn to ignore things sometimes. Geesh. It's called restraint.

                        Where are these conspiracy theorists that you're so scared of,  that you constantly post about?  Learn to ignore things!  Sheesh!  No one has been complaining here except the usual ones that complain about people complaining about places that win.  Now that no one is complaining you same ones and new ones are trying to drum up an argument/fight like usual.  You people can't just be happy and leave things be!  Try that so called restraint! 

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                          Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                          Hmmm...let me think what to say....I guess congratulations is in order. Very few people wins the lottery. It's quite a challenge for me. And I find it intriguing. 

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                            Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:50 am - IP Logged

                            Where are these conspiracy theorists that you're so scared of,  that you constantly post about?  Learn to ignore things!  Sheesh!  No one has been complaining here except the usual ones that complain about people complaining about places that win.  Now that no one is complaining you same ones and new ones are trying to drum up an argument/fight like usual.  You people can't just be happy and leave things be!  Try that so called restraint! 

                            What's with all the explanation marks? Why you find yourself so passionate about this? Should we wear uniforms when we log into LP as well? We must all be of the same mind and thought, I assume. You people? Is this a movement now? You are working yourself up over nothing and clearly have gone off your meds or are bored out of your mind and feel compelled to engage me. Try some chamomile tea. It will help until your courier brings the chemical version of what keeps you normal.

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