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North Carolina lottery winner is spending more money – but this time it’s not to bail her alleged heroin dealer fiance out of jail. Marie Holmes, who won $188 million dollars with one of three winning tickets in the North Carolina Powerball lottery, donated $800,000 of those earnings to the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church near her hometown of Shallote, North Carolina, reports WECT.

According to WECT, Pleasant Hill pastor Reverend Dr. Vaughn Cherry said the donation was “a blessing.” They will use the money for repairs and updates and for a new church van.

Holmes, now 26,  has been attending church with her grandmother and great-grandmother since childhood. The church is 130 years old and has been Holmes’ family church for five generations.

After winning the money earlier this year, Holmes came under fire some months later when it came out that she was living with, and engaged to an alleged drug dealer who she bailed out of jail to the tune of $6 million. At the time of her win, Holmes, a single mother of four, said that she was going to use the money to provide for her children, including one with special needs, and possibly go back to school.

After that controversy, Holmes posted on her Facebook page that her critics needed to relax and stop judging a windfall that wasn’t their own.


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12 thoughts on “North Carolina Lottery Winner Marie Holmes Donates 800K To Church

  1. Dare to speak the truth on said:

    She should get rid of her boyfriend the loser and start over ! It was a huge winning and invested correctly she is set for life! Beware of the deadbeats !

  2. Thank goodness she donated so much to the courts and police……this time at least when its all gone the church will be there for her unlike that loser she has strapped around her pockets

  3. Lou jones on said:

    Marie , the first thing you have to realize is people are going to hate on you because you won the lottery and not them . I hope you find honest lawyers , financial planners and advisors that will be looking out for your best interest and not theirs .

  4. We can criticize people for some dumb crape, but all of the freaking politicians, and other FOLKS out here that’s doing worst! We seem to want to shine the spot light on this young lady. I guess we all should say: “Curse her for using HER MONEY to do what SHE WANTS to do with HER MONEY!” People get a life! I praise her for blessing the church and I thank God that she will get someone HONEST to help her invest in a long term investment for her and her children. Instead of talking about her, try helping her with getting her and her children established and investing in something prominent! I pray that God will protect her from the Vultures’ around her! People are scavengers! Be blessed honey!

  5. Kimberly on said:

    Good for her and the church. People do need to mind their own business. Good luck on her the future and the future of her children

  6. Good for her-that’s better than wasting her $$$$ on bail so her man can be released from jail!!!!!!

    “A fool and their money will soon part”!!!!!!!!

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