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Winning the lottery is a blessing for most people, but most winners don't have a happy ending. One of the winners Marie Holmes suffered after winning her $188 million lottery prize, and even wished she had never won it in the first place. Read on to find out what happened made her think that way!
Marie Holmes' life had been tough. As a single mother, she had to take two jobs at McDonald's and Walmart to raise her four children. Just when she thought that life couldn’t get any harder, some news came that fell heavily on her heart, numbing her soul.
One of her kids was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and Marie knew precisely what that meant. She must quit her jobs and be a 24/7 guardian angel. Who then would earn money? Who was going to support the big family financially? Marie was all alone with no one she could turn to.
A series of accidents aggravated the already struggling family. Watching the amount of money on the bank card plummeting, Marie was on the verge of breaking down. Out of the blue, she bought a lottery ticket. Though she didn't get her hopes up, her hands trembled on the day of the draw…
Long stood her in her tiny kitchen, with the ticket that was worth $188 million. Marie was then a real millionaire, an amount of money that could solve all her problems and even contribute to her community. However, money changes people, and when it does, bad things will follow.
Everything seemed well on track at the beginning: the family finally moved from their shabby trailer to a grand house located in an affluent neighborhood; Marie donated money to the local church that had sheltered her since she was little. However, then it all started to go wrong…
"Can I borrow some money, sweetie?" Friends and relatives showed up far and near, asking for money in a compelling way. How could Marie be so cold-hearted and turn them down? So she agreed, and she couldn't stop. These people were like robbers whom she couldn't say no to. Yet misfortunes never come by themselves...
Prejudice was all Marie got since the first day she stepped into the community. As a low-income family that got rich overnight, they were bound to be unwelcome. The residents pointed at them now and then, and even recorded their lives with cameras in case they did anything out of line. And when it rains, it pours…
Marie's first frivolous unreasonable spending might've started from her boyfriend's gift, a $15,000 diamond laced Rolex. Ever since that moment, she began to lose control of her money; whilst her boyfriend LaMa McDow blew it on mistresses, drugs, and bails...
Seven years of relationship brought Marie not only her youngest child, but also countless betrayals from McDow. After the lottery win, he went even further, rewarding his mistresses with Maire's prize money. Marie didn't fight back but dutifully paid off the mistresses to win back her boyfriend.
What followed was McDow's countless court appearances and endless bails. Because of his indiscretions, Marie kept throwing money at him to bail him out of jail. Just three jail terms cost Maire almost $21 million. However, McDow was not at all appreciative for Marie's kindness; he merely took it for granted.
When Marie could no longer control the situation, she turned to the media for help. In the Iyanla: Fix My Life Talk Show, she talked about her miserable life and tried to get help from the relationship expert Lyanla Vanzant. Little did she know that a big surprise awaited her.
Just as Marie left the show in a good mood, believing she would fix all the problems with Lyanla's advice, a random pastor showed up. "God led me to you all." Confidently claimed that he could help McDow make better life decisions.
The strange pastor's suggestion was to build a resort for McDow's recovery. He even demanded a one and half million dollars for the construction fee. Strangely enough, after they had made only a verbal agreement, the priest was eager to start building and even paid upfront with his own money.
Out of the blue the pastor filed a lawsuit, suing Marie for $10 million. "They put me through disastrous mental stress, and I had to use antidepressants to get over." The pastor seemed confident enough to use supposed depression as his umbrella.
People say that when you are too eager for instant benefits, it will backfire. So it was with the priest. His obsession with money and his denigration towards Marie did him no favors. People accused him, cursed him, and held grievances on behalf of Marie...
Marie had every right to be angry with society, but she wasn’t. She still fulfilled her promise of donating money to churches and even started a foundation helping those struggling families. "What happened after the lottery was not fair to me, but it will not stop me from doing something good." She decided to render good for evil.
Marie's case was not an exception. We've seen thousands of lottery winners go from poor to millionaire and back to indebted in the end. Winning the lottery is a surprise, but managing to use it wisely is another story. Be sure not to lose your senses, or a blessing may turn to disaster.
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