Lottery winner charged: Marie Holmes Marijuana
Published: July 25, 2015
Lottery winner charged: Marie Holmes Marijuana, The North Carolina mother of four who won a $188million Powerball lottery jackpot in February has been busted for drug possession.
Marie Holmes, 26, was charged with simple possession with marijuana after police found less than a half ounce of the drug and paraphernalia in her Brunswick County home on Thursday.
Police were at her home to arrest Lamarr McDow, an alleged gang member, for violating the curfew requirements of his bond release. He was on a $3million bond on charges of trafficking heroin.
McDow, who lived at the house with Holmes, was charged with possession of a firearm, according to WTVD.
Two others in the home, Danell Lamont McNeil, 31, and Damarius Dontrell Simmons, 21, were also charged with simple possession of marijuana, WWAY reported.
A fourth man, 23-year-old Jeffrey Antuan Gause, of Shallotte – the city where Holmes lived before winning the lottery – was arrested for resisting a public officer.
Three children, aged four, five and nine, were present in the home when the incident occurred, police told WECT. McDow said they were his children.
After realizing she was a lottery winner in February, Holmes accepted a lump-sum payment of $188million in February. She was one of three winners of a historic $564million jackpot.
McDow, who had been in jail since November on the heroin charges, was released from jail on February 24 after Holmes posted his $3million bond.
Holmes said that she planned to donate millions of her winnings to her church and set up college funds for her four children.
Her children, Brayden, Charisma, Andrea and Ebony, are aged from nine months to seven years old. Brayden is believed to suffer from cerebral palsy.
Holmes sacrificed her education to care for her four children and took minimum wage jobs to provide for her family.
With little or no help from the fathers of her four young children, she has struggled financially for most of her adult life.
Holmes has also seen her own father repeatedly jailed and her favorite cousin shot and left paralyzed after a home invasion.
Family members describe Holmes as a loving mother who always put her children first.
‘Marie is very grounded and she will know what to do with all that money,’ said her uncle William Bryant.
‘I’m sure she will want to buy a new home for herself and her kids, but I can’t see any extravagant purchases. She’s a nice girl who loves her family and loves her church.’
The February 11 jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize.
The last time a Powerball jackpot climbed so high was May 2013, when a Florida ticket won a $590.5million prize.
Holmes, McNeil and Simmons are due in court on September 8, according to the citation. McDow’s bond has been doubled to $6million.
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