By Andre Jones
Marie Holmes, who first caught the nation’s attention by winning North Carolina’s massive Powerball jackpot in 2015, is being sued by her pastor for $10 million.
Holmes, who walked away with a lump sum of $188 million, became infamous for her irresponsible and frivolous spending habits, raising eyebrows across the nation for repeatedly bailing her boyfriend Lamarr “Hotsauce” McDow out of jail to the tune of a whopping $21 million. Now the church wants some of that money.
Local North Carolina pastor Kevin Mattews is suing the newly wealthy mother-of-four, citing emotional and mental distress as a result of Holmes backing down from an alleged verbal contract between them where Holmes agreed to give Matthews $1.5 million to purchase land on which to build a retreat facility.
“Because of the emotional distress and mental stress, they put me through, I had to start taking more medicine for anxiety and depression due to this situation,” says Pastor Kevin Matthews. Ruth Sheehan, of the Francis Law Firm and Holmes’ attorney said she was not aware of the situation or the lawsuit. In a recent interview with Eurweb, Matthews said that God “ led him to her house and he prayed with her.”
Matthew alleges that he ministered to Holmes several times at her new home, and through his thorough and selfless ministry, managed to secure a verbal agreement from Holmes in the amount of $1.5 million to help him purchase land on which to build the retreat center that he had been “praying about for years.”
After securing Holmes’ financial “blessing”, Matthews claims he made obligatory promises to realtors to purchase the land in lieu of receiving the money. Holmes told him that her accountant, Dexter Perry, would be in touch regarding the money but was not sure of how long it would take to disperse as it was in bonds.
While these accusations may sound ridiculous on the surface, Matthews did – in fact – provide EURweb with recorded information that actually confirms that Holmes did intend to give him money for the land. Perry can be heard clearly on the recording saying, “Like I said before, there’s no need really to ask Marie anymore. She already said she wants to do something and now it’s up to us to fulfill our strategy, and I definitely understand the urgency in terms of your land purchase and people calling you.”
Though laws differ from state to state, generally speaking, a verbal contract is not easily enforceable and may very well fall under what California calls the ‘donative-promise” principle.
“I didn’t see this coming and I think it was a third party that came along and told her not to do this,” Matthew told EURweb, “The bottom line … I just want her (Marie Holmes) to do what she said she was going to do.” Holmes, who had already donated $700,000 to the church last December, could not be reached for comment.