North Carolina mother of 4 claims to have winning Powerball ticket

SHALLOTTE, North Carolina - A mother of four from North Carolina says she's holding one of three winning tickets in Wednesday's $564 million dollar Powerball jackpot.

Marie Holmes says she bought the ticket at the last minute on Wednesday.

She says she is unemployed, and was forced to quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

She hopes to use the money to get the things for her son and three daughters, which she didn't have growing up.

But Holmes says first, she will give money to her church.

A winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Shallotte, North Carolina. But lottery officials say Holmes' claim has not yet been verified.

Two more winning tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico.