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Single Mom Wins $188 Million Powerball Jackpot

The Short of It

What would you do if you won millions of dollars? A North Carolina woman, Marie Holmes, had one of the three $188 million winning Powerball lottery tickets of a $564 million jackpot, one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history.

The Lowdown

Holmes, 26, a single mom of four children ages 9 months to 7 years old, is North Carolina's biggest Powerball winner.

Holmes, who is a "full-time mother," said she's going to use the money to continue her education in the nursing field while caring for her children, one of whom has cerebal palsy. Previously, she has supported her children while working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald's and Subway.

"It was seven of us living in one home. It wasn't comfortable, but we made do. Everybody in that household will have their own place because I don't plan on staying there," Holmes told ABC News. "I don't have to worry about staying with my mom anymore. I can have my own place. We're going to have our own everything."

The Upshot

Holmes chose to receive a $127 million lump sum instead of the $188 million handed out over years. She says the money will change her children's lives by allowing them to have their own rooms, be able to go to school and not worry about paying for it, to travel and live comfortably without struggling.

The single mom says the money will allow her the luxury of not having to say "no" to her children anymore when they ask for things, but she plans to keep their lives as normal as possible. She wants life to be the same, just a little easier.

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