North Carolina lottery winner’s boyfriend speaks out after his bail for multiple arrests risks $21M of her jackpot
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 2:35 PM
A lottery winner decided to “stand by her man” despite bailing him out of jail four times for a total of $21 million since her massive jackpot, a report revealed Thursday.
Lamar McDow, 31, the live-in beau of North Carolina Powerball winner Marie Holmes, was arrested Dec. 29 for violating terms of his pretrial release on drug trafficking charges and charged two days earlier with misdemeanor conspiracy in a street race, said Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax. Holmes took in $88 million after taxes in her February 2015 jackpot.
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Police said Lamar McDow, 31, was last arrested Dec. 29 for violating the terms of his pretrial release on drug traficking charges.
“People can say what they like and it don’t hurt us,” McDow told the Daily Mail Online. “She is standing by her man.”
The multiple arrests of McDow. whose nickname is “Hot Sauce,” has drawn national interest in the coastal area near the state’s southeastern border with South Carolina. He noted in an interview with the Mail that Holmes’ winnings have helped him open an auto repair shop in Shallotte and get a $15,000 gold and diamond Rolex.
Marie Holmes collected $88 million after taxes in her February 2015 jackpot.
“We are a couple, and I am the father of her youngest child. This is what people do for each other,” McDow said. “She has the money and she can do what she wants with it. If I had that money then I would do the same for her. People are just jealous because of how much she won and people want to see me locked in jail.”
McDow and Holmes, a single mother of four, will be on the hook for the $21 million in bail bonds he’s racked up if McDow fails to appear in court. Police said McDow’s latest arrest followed a GPS tracking device that showed him outside of his approved locations.
McDow has amassed $21 million in bail bonds since Holmes hit the jackpot.
(Brunswick County Jail)
The couple was living in a trailer at the time Holmes won the $188 million Powerball prize, McDow said. And now they’ve left the pastel-colored suburban home where local news cameras showed sheriff’s deputies cuffing him and leading him away last month.
“We were the only black family on the estate and they did not like it,” McDow said. “One neighbor set up a camera to record everything we were doing. If I was driving down the road and going at the speed limit they would wave at me for going too fast. They did not want us there. They were prejudiced.”