Former fiancé sues $188 million Powerball jackpot winner

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After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Former fiancé sues $188 million Powerball jackpot winnerRating:

By Kate Northrop

The ex-fiancé of a North Carolina Powerball winner is suing her for allegedly giving away over a million dollars’ worth of property he claims were gifts given to him by her.

Lamarr McDow, the former fiancé of $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes, filed a lawsuit against her after she reportedly gave away his gifts consisting of cars, clothes, and miscellaneous property that totaled over $1.4 million in value.

Holmes lived with her then-boyfriend McDow at the time of her win. She met him back in 2012 when she was working at McDonald’s and Walmart and living with her mother and three children in a mobile home. Since the couple began dating, they had two children together.

After splitting the $564 million Powerball jackpot with two other winners in February 2015, Holmes opted to receive a lump sum payout of $127 million and kept $88 million after taxes. She used her lottery winnings to buy a $250,000 house and moved in with McDow for about a year.

Between 2015 and 2016, the Powerball winner lavishly spent her winnings on her boyfriend. According to the federal lawsuit, these purchases included a $250,000 modified 2015 Chevrolet Stingray, $100,000 worth of clothes and jewelry, and an automotive restoration business for $600,000. Overall, the value of her gifts to him exceeded $1.4 million.

Documents state that, although “the automobiles and trucks listed above were titled in different names, there were witnesses, including the title holders that were present when Ms. Holmes voluntarily relinquished her ownership and control of the purchased vehicles by immediately turning over the keys to the vehicles to Mr. McDow for his exclusive use.”

In January 2016, McDow pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin following his arrest in November 2014. He was sentenced as part of a plea agreement to a minimum of 7.5 years in prison and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

The lawsuit states that that McDow executed a general Power-of-Attorney in January 2016 naming Holmes, his then fiancée, as his agent in anticipation of his impending incarceration. Therefore, it claims that Holmes wrongfully sold or gave away personal property that was entrusted to her for safekeeping without disclosing any of the transactions to McDow.

“As Mr. McDow’s agent, Ms. Holmes was a fiduciary with respect to matters within the scope of her agency,” the lawsuit says. “Mr. McDow authorized Ms. Holmes to store, maintain, and protect his real and personal property during his incarceration.”

According to court documents, the couple also appeared on a television show in 2016. In an interview, she openly acknowledged purchasing the items listed in the lawsuit as gifts for McDow.

McDow is set to be released from prison in 2023.

DOCUMENT: Read the full lawsuit

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Gifts are just that in NC you can’t be a Indian giver here also he signed a POA apparently he doesn’t understand in his drug induced state what a POA is 


North Carolina General Statute § 32C-1-102(9) defines a  power of attorney as a “writing or other record that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal, whether or not the term  power of attorney is used.” Under North Carolina General Statute § 32C-1-102(11), the person granting authority in a … with a


POA that is valid you don’t have to have original signer if the cars were not in his name it doesn’t matter anyway NC frowns upon selling a car to someone that doesn’t posses a valid DL . 


This lawsuit will come down to ethics the remorse of the ex selling his “gifts” although it concerns me they were not in his name a judge will have to see the intention on both sides but sounds like to me when the money ran out or she broke it off with him she should not have used her POA to sell his “gifts” . Maybe he thought if she was broke she would take all his toys back to the tiny trailer that she lived in before she got rich

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was hoping i would learn:

Frown-after IYANLA.OPRAH interview she was doing even better and i still hope that for her children,herself, in my state here in NC


and i then read this with an ex-guy in her life, Lamar.

smh. still praying for her.


Also,i’m hating to know she spent so much cash on a guy in jail,her partner or 1 of the kids father, i didn’t like that,but still again wishing her the best.

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It’s her loss, she should have never bought him anything. She technically owes him those things back if they were really bought for him. I remember their story on one of the series I had watched, she was stupid how she handled her money, and she never only bailed him out once it was over 3 different times. She should have kicked him out of her life before she even claimed her lottery win.

She came to her senses, and that’s  what would be catastrophic if he bled her dry.

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so he wanted her to hold onto this stuff for 8 yrs?