NY Powerball Winner Donates $700,000 To Church

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The $127 Powerball lottery winner who faced drug charges soon after her win donated $700,000 to her church. The player from North Carolina was arrested just months after her win but has tried to make amends by staying humble and donating a large portion of her winnings to her church she frequents. 

Marie Holmes is now 26-years-old and a single mother of four children. She snagged the massive Powerball jackpot in March this year and opted to go for a lump sum payment of $127 from the total $188 million jackpot prize. 

“The first thing she promised was to tithe – or give a tenth of her winnings to charity,” said a reporter by the name of Ruth Sheehan. In an unbelievable plot twist, the winner was arrested at her house in Brunswick County on drug charges and an unlicensed firearm. She also spent a large amount of money, approximately $3 million, to bail her fiancé out of jail who got arrested before she won the jackpot. 

Her fiancé has since been in and out of jail. In total, Marie has spent $9 million just on bailing her fiancé out of jail three times this year. On Friday, however, Marie’s religious dedication took a prominent seat for her on Thanksgiving, so she sent a personal cheque of $680,000 to her “home church", the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shallotte. 

The money will be going towards long-overdue reparations and renovations that the church needed. Trouble followed Marie on account of her fiancé after the Brunswick County Sheriff deputies visited her house to arrest her fiancé for violating the terms of his pre-trial release agreement. 

Powerball Winner's Home

While at their house, police officers could smell marijuana. They returned back to the house with search warrants and found marijuana, other drug paraphernalia, and a .45 caliber pistol. 

Last year November, Marie’s fiancé was arrested on heroin charges which resulted in his $3 million bond. Marie, of course, bailed him out of jail just a week after her windfall. 

Powerball winner's fiance

Marie’s church is predominantly an African American church with 400 members and 135 regular attendees. It has been the spiritual home of the Holmes family for decades, said reporter Ruth Sheehan. 

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