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Powerball ticket sold in Indiana hits $435M jackpot

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A single Powerball ticket sold in Indiana has won Wednesday night’s massive $435 million jackpot. The numbers pulled were 10, 13, 28, 52, 61 and the Powerball was 2. The identity of the winning ticket holder wasn’t immediately available. If it seems like massive Powerball jackpots have become relatively common, that’s because […]

Powerball jackpot hits $403 million

The Powerball jackpot is on the rise. No one won Saturday’s drawing, so the top prize for Wednesday night’s lottery sits at $403 million. Saturday’s winning numbers were 03-07-09-31 and 33. Whoever wins the jackpot can choose to take their winnings either in a lump sum cash payment or in an annuity paid out over […]

$100k Powerball ticket sold in Winston-Salem to expire in 2 weeks

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Powerball ticket worth $100,000 that was sold in Winston-Salem is set to expire in two weeks, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. The winning ticket, which was sold at Lowe’s Foods on Peters Creek Parkway, will expire on March 6. The winning numbers for the Sept. 7 drawing were 22-23-29-33-55 […]

Powerball jackpot hits $700 million

The Powerball jackpot keeps climbing. Lottery officials say the grand prize for Wednesday night’s drawing has reached $700 million — the second-largest on record for any U.S. lottery game. The prize pool has been growing since June 10, the last time somebody won. The most recent drawing was Saturday. The chance of picking all six winning Powerball numbers is […]

Criminal summons dismissed against NC Powerball winner

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — A criminal summons has been dismissed against Marie Holmes, the $188 million Powerball winner from North Carolina, according to WECT. The summons was dropped when the woman who accused Holmes of making threatening and harassing phone calls failed to appear in court Friday. According to WECT, the summons alleged that Holmes […]

Bus driver finally able to retire after winning $1M Powerball jackpot

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota bus driver is starting his long-awaited retirement much sooner than expected. Joseph Woods hit the Powerball jackpot in Saturday’s drawing after splurging on a ticket at a local gas station, winning a whopping $1 million. On Monday, Woods recalls, “I told them, ‘I’m not coming in anymore. I […]

Here’s how much we’ll spend on NCAA brackets this year

You may not think much of it when you toss in a few bucks to join your office’s NCAA brackets pool, but all those bets add up fast. Americans will wager $9.2 billion on NCAA brackets this year, according to the American Gaming Association. That’s a lot more than we spend on a lot of […]

Video shows drug agents at $188 million lottery winner’s home in NC

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NC woman who won massive $188 million lottery jackpot charged with drug possession

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina woman who won a $188 million lottery jackpot earlier this year has been charged with having a small amount of marijuana. WWAY reported that Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have cited 26-year-old Marie Holmes with possession of marijuana. Holmes was recently cited with having a half ounce or less […]

Man wins $291 million in lottery, brother wins $7

Remember when your parents used to tell you to be nice to your siblings? Maybe it was because one day you both would grow up and win the lottery, except one of you would win the jackpot and the other would win $7. As improbable as that sounds, it happened to a Pennsylvania judge who […]

Search Results for: powerball Powerball ticket sold in Indiana hits $435M jackpot LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A single Powerball ticket sold in Indiana has won Wednesday night’s massive $435 million

$188M Powerball winner has risked fortune bailing out ex-con boyfriend

In this undated photo provided by the North Carolina Education Lottery, shows Powerball jackpot winner Marie Holmes, second from left, after she received a check from North Carolina Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland, second from right, in Raleigh, N.C. To the left is financial adviser Dexter Perry and attorney Charles Francis, right. (AP Photo/North Carolina Education Lottery)

A North Carolina single mom who won a $188 million Powerball jackpot last year pledged to spend it on her kids and church, but so far the biggest beneficiary seems to be “Hot Sauce,” her alleged drug dealer boyfriend.

Marie Holmes is a single mom of four, including a child with cerebral palsy; however, she has risked nearly a quarter of the $88 million she took home bailing her boyfriend Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow out of jail on drug, weapon and street racing charges.

Holmes, 27, hit the jackpot in February and, since then, has bailed McDow, 31, out of jail three times. McDow was already in jail on heroin and weapons charges when Holmes won the lottery, and shortly after the money came through, she posted his $3 million bail. In July, it was a $6 million bail for a weapons charge.

Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow in a recent mugshot. (Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

That amount skyrocketed to $12 million for the alleged street racing infraction this month. McDow was bailed out for that charge on Friday. Bail is doubled each time a defendant violates his conditions, Star News Online reported.

Nearly a year after she won the lottery, most of Holmes’ traveling has been to the bail bondsman’s office.

The total figure at risk for Holmes is $21 million, but she’s already lost a significant amount of money. Bail bondsmen in the Brunswick County area told WECT the going non-refundable rate is anywhere from 7 percent to 10 percent. Given that figure, Holmes has already spent anywhere from $1.47 million to $2.1 million.

McDow is set to make his first appearance on the street racing charge on Jan. 19, according to the News Online. If he doesn’t show up, Holmes stands to lose a sizeable amount of cash.

When she won the money in February 2015, Holmes was living with her family in a trailer in Shallotte, N.C. She was working jobs at Walmart, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway, WWAY reported. Holmes said she gave her mom $3 to buy the winning ticket on her way to church.

Shortly after winning, everything changed.

She donated $680,000 to Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shallotte, according to WNCN. She also moved into a new five-bedroom home.

And McDow, the father of Holmes’ youngest child, moved in, too.

McDow had twice been arrested in 2014 when authorities said they confiscated about 2,500 bags of heroin during separate incidents, WNCN reported. But even after the fortune came his girlfriend’s way, McDow couldn’t stay out of jail, constantly requiring Holmes to put her millions at stake to keep him free.

He was arrested at her sprawling new home in July for violating the terms of his March release, and was allegedly found at the time with marijuana and a gun. Holmes was also ensnared in that incident when officers said they found a half ounce or less of pot and drug paraphernalia at her house, according to WWAY.

During his most recent alleged episode, McDow supposedly helped organize a race of two Corvettes that were traveling 100 mph in a 45-mph zone, the News Online reported.

McDow has multiple prior convictions, including for assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and several felony drug possession convictions, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records reviewed by the News Online. He spent eight months behind bars in 2008 and 2009 for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

When Marie Holmes won part of a $564 million Powerball jackpot early last year, she said she was “grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family.” ]]>