When North Carolina resident Marie Holmes won $188 million in the Powerball Lottery in 2015, she must have believed that all of her troubles were behind her. But, like others who have previously won large sums and subsequently found themselves in worse situations, Holmes soon discovered that money is not necessarily the answer to life’s problems. In fact, Holmes’ tale of woe has wound up becoming something of a cautionary tale for all future big-money winners.
In 2015, you see, Marie was a single mother in her mid-20s working two jobs in order to provide for her four children. She was in fact employed by both Walmart and McDonald’s. But Marie was then forced to quit those jobs when doctors revealed that one of her kids was suffering from cerebral palsy.