If you ask lottery players what keeps them playing, the answer will likely be to get a chance at a life-changing prize. At least that’s what struggling mum of four Marie Holmes thought when she bought Powerball tickets for a big rollover draw.
She was not disappointed in the draw where the top prize had risen to more than $500 million; her ticket turned out to be one of three jackpot winners. In a single instant she was transformed from dirt poor to incredibly rich; her share of the jackpot is $188 million.
And it does not seem like she would squander her blessings. Her first donation will be to give 10% of her winnings to her church, as a sign of gratitude to God, without whose help she could not have won. Then the rest will be for family, and she plans to consult with financial planners.