The name of Powerball millionaire Marie Holmes is, once again, all over the news, but this time headlines aren’t exactly showing her in a good light. Back in February, Holmes won a gigantic $188.000.000 Powerball jackpot and wound up with nearly $88.000.000 after taxes. Unfortunately, things haven’t been looking good for her ever since and she already spent $9.000.000 to bail her fiancé out of jail – twice.
When Holmes came forward to claim her prize few months ago, her story sounded inspiring and her intentions were good. The mother of four talked about how grateful she is for the opportunities the win will create for her children, saying the money will go towards their college education and adding she will donate some of it to her church and to cerebral palsy organizations.
It seems these plans were in back of her mind lately – Holmes made the headlines few times since then, and so did her fiancé Lamarr McDow. Back in July the lotto winner found herself in trouble with the law when marijuana was found in her possession after investigators went to her home to arrest McDow for violating the terms of his release. As it later turned out, shortly after winning the Powerball jackpot Holmes paid $3.000.000 bail to get McDow out of jail, but that’s not the end of it.
She paid additional $6.000.000 to get him released after he was taken into police custody in July for violating jail curfew. Even though bondsmen do not have to reveal who paid them to post bond, Holmes’s reaction on Facebook confirmed she’s the one who did it:
“What Y’all need to be worried about is Y’all money and not how I spend mine this is benefitting Y’all how? And no he’s no drug dealer or user but who are Y’all to judge anybody?” wrote the lotto winner.
Despite her willingness to protect McDow’s reputation, his criminal record isn’t doing him any favors. McDow was charged possession and trafficking heroin and his criminal history also includes convictions for assault on a female, assault and several counts of drug possession dating back to 2000.