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A mother of four says her four children will be able to go to college after she won a third of a historic lottery jackpot.
Marie Holmes, 26, from Shallotte, North Carolina, has come forward saying she has one of three winning tickets for the $564.1 million prize, the fifth largest ever in America.
The lucky winner said that she scared her kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy, after she found out she had won and began screaming that they 'didn't have to struggle anymore'.
She used to work at McDonald's and Walmart before quitting to take care of her children.
Life changed forever: Marie Holmes, 26, from Shallotte, said that her four children will never have to struggle after she won $188million from the Powerball jackpot
Lucky winner: Ms Holmes said that she scared her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy, when she began screaming that they 'didn't have to struggle anymore'.
'They don't have to worry about debt. They can go to college, all on me. And they don't have to worry about nothing,' she said, adding that the money is 'all for them'.
Though the winning ticket has not yet been confirmed, the unemployed mother said that she was heading to Raleigh, North Carolina, to speak with lawyers and financial advisers.
She will then claim the $188million prize for her ticket, which has not yet been verified by lottery authorities.
Ms Holmes, who only buys lottery tickets 'when she can', said she was thankful that she could bless her kids with something she didn't have.
The mother said that she bought her winning ticket after seeing how large the jackpot had gotten in the recent weeks.
Golden ticket: Ms Holmes's fourth set of numbers purchased, 11-13-25-39-54-19, was the winning combination
Lovin' it: The lucky lottery winner used to work at Walmart and McDonald's before she quit to take care of her kids. Above, a McDonald's on Main Street in Shollette, North Carolina.
She is going to buy a house and set up college funds for her children, though the first thing she is going to do is tithe to the church, according to WECT.
When asked whether she was going to splurge on luxury goods like a car, Ms Holmes said 'I'm going to get everything I've ever wanted,' but didn't have any particular items in mind.
The Powerball offers two different ways of receiving money for jackpot winners such as Marie Holmes.
She will receive financial advice about her options, which include taking a lump sum of $127million or spreading the money out over 30 years.
Many lucky ticket holders choose to receive the money in annual payments, which gradually increase over time.
Should she choose a lump sum, Ms Holmes's $127million would be subject to 25 per cent federal tax and 5.75 North Carolina state tax.
The total amount the mother of four would receive would receive into her account would decrease to around $90million if she took that route.
Jackpot winners receive either payments over 29 years or a smaller cash lump sum.
It is not clear which option Ms Holmes will choose, though if she chooses the lump sum she will receive $127million before taxes.
The federal government will take 25 per cent of the total jackpot, and North Carolina state tax on the winnings is 5.75 per cent.
The Scotchman convenience store that sold Ms Holmes her winning ticket has won a $50,000 incentive prize.
Ms Holmes said her uncle sold her the winning ticket, but wishes her grandmother was around to see her life change forever.
She said that her grandma 'knew all about the struggle and what I was going through'.
At least two more Americans are also dozens of millions of dollars richer.
Winning tickets were sold in Princeton, Texas and Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The numbers of the fifth largest jackpot in U.S. history were revealed at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
The winning numbers for the $564.1 million jackpot were 11-13-25-39-54.
Shopping spree: Ms Holmes said, 'I'm going to get everything I've ever wanted' but she doesn't have any particular big luxuries in mind
Government cut: The massive payout will be diminished by a series of taxes, including 25 per cent taken by the IRS
Family affair: Ms Holmes bought the ticket from her uncle at a Scotchman convenience store in Shallotte, North Carolina (pictured). She says she wishes her grandmother was around to see her begin her new life
The Powerball red number was 19 and the Powerplay was 3x.
'Check your #Powerball tickets! Look like we have a jackpot winner in Texas tonight!,'The Texas Lottery tweeted.
North Texas's Chandra Siwakoti will receive around $1million for selling the winning ticket at his convenience store, though he does not remember anything about the winner.
He did not know that he had sold the ticket until media began arriving at his store, according to NBC Dallas For Worth.
The numbers of the fifth largest jackpot in U.S. history were revealed at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, with the locations of the winning tickets announced shortly afterwards.
The winning numbers for the $564.1 million jackpot are 11-13-25-39-54. The Powerball red number is 19 and the Powerplay is 3x.
Yeehaw!: The Texas lottery tweeted tonight that they have a Powerball winner somewhere in their state
Three winners: The winning numbers for the $564.1 million jackpot are 11-13-25-39-54, as revealed in the drawing on Wednesday night
The $500 million pot - which equates to a cash value of $337.8 million - built steadily for two months.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on November 29. A Washington woman who bought her first-ever lottery tickets on a whim on Thanksgiving Day won $90 million.
If no one won the Powerball then the jackpot for the next drawing on February 14 could have equaled $650 million making it one of the largest lottery game jackpots in U.S. history.
To win, the players needed five numbers and the Powerball number. The odds of winning are one in 175 million.
The lottery is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It is unsure if the Puerto Rican ticket's winner will pay federal tax.
February 2014 was the last time that the Powerball reached the current prize amount.
Historic: The Powerball jackpot reached $500 million for Wednesday night's draw, making it the fifth largest prize in U.S. history
Powerball's biggest ever jackpot was awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association - a cool $590.5 million - to the holder of a single winning ticket in 2013.
The association also operates the Mega Millions jackpot, which awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.
The Powerball is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm in Tallahassee, Florida.
Powerball sales reached nearly $5 billion last year for game tickets that are sold through more than 210,000 lottery terminals. Each ticket costs $2.
The odds of winning are slim and people are more likely to die from vending machines than win, according to the Daily Beast.
The odds of matching all five normal numbers drawn without matching the sixth 'Powerball' number are one in 5million.
The game's jackpot has returned to $40million.
1. $656million May 2012
The 'Three Amigos' in Milford Mill, Maryland; Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois; and an anonymous winner from Ottawa, Kansas, all shared the largest jackpot in US history.
The Three Amigos, a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and another woman in her 50s, all worked for the public education system in Maryland and collectively bought 60 tickets. They chose the lump sum option and each took home $35million after taxes.
The Butlers, a retired couple who live in southern Illinois and worked in St Louis, also chose the cash option of $158million. They managed to keep their win secret for three weeks before holding a press conference to announce it.
2. $648million December 2013
Steve Tran of Northern California and Ira Curry of Stone Mountain Georgia split the prize 50-50.
Mr Tran, a delivery driver, left a message on his boss's voicemail saying that he would not be coming in to work 'today, tomorrow or ever' after winning $324million from a ticket he bought in San Jose.
Mrs Curry, 56 at the time, bought a ticket that was a combination of family birthdays. She selected the $173.8million pre-tax cash option.
3. $590.5million May 2013
Gloria C. Mackenzie, a retiree from Florid.a took home the largest Powerball prize ever.
She took the cash option and pocketed $278million after taxes, spending $2million on buying a new roof for her hometown high school.
4. $587.5million November 2012
Matthew Good of Arizona and Cindy and Mark Hill of Missouri split the prize.
5. $564.1million February 2015
Three winning tickets were sold in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico. Only one person has come forward to claim that she has won.
I'm happy for her, just hope she does the right thing with all that money, that's a lot of money. be safe.
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