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Struggling North Carolina mom wins Powerball jackpot

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Marie Homes' winning lottery ticket. Photo: NBC Marie Homes' winning lottery ticket. Photo: NBC
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A North Carolina woman has come forward claiming to have one of three winning tickets in the $564 million Powerball jackpot. 26 year-old Marie Holmes told NBC affiliate WECT that she was just forced to quit her two jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald's to care for her four children -- one of whom has cerebral palsy -- and thought she was “going to have a heart attack” upon realizing she was a lucky winner.

Before taxes, the winning ticket is worth $188 million paid out over 30 years of a $127 million lump sum. Lottery officials say two other winning tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico.

Holmes says she plans to give to her church, buy a new house, and set up college funds for her kids with her newfound fortune.

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