‘First I’m going to pay my tithes’

February 16, 2015 by  
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Does the Bible permit Christians to play the lotteryUS, February 13, 2015: A North Carolina woman with four children says that the first person to get a cut of her $188 million Powerball lottery win will be the Lord “because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God.”

Marie Holmes, a resident of Shallotte, claims she is among the three people who were lucky enough to buy a winning Powerball ticket. The actual jackpot total is $564 million, so Holmes’ piece of the pie rounds out to about $188 million, according to WECT-TV in Wilmington.

The 26-year-old single woman has four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. WECT-TV reports that Holmes previously worked at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart but had to be at home full time in order to take care of her children.

Asked what she plans to do with her millions, Holmes said, “First I’m going to pay my tithes because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God.”

Holmes will also reportedly organize college funds for her children and a buy her family a new house. According to WECT-TV, she was seeking advisement from lawyers and a financial adviser before submitting the winning ticket.

The two remaining Powerball winning tickets were purchased in Princeton, Texas, and Puerto Rico. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39, and 54. The Powerball number was 19.

NBC News reports that the $188 million figure is before taxes, and would be paid over a 30-year period. Holmes, and the other two winners, could also choose a lump sum payment of $127 million.

Holmes is presumably a Christian since she plans to donate a tithe, or a tenth of her Powerball winnings. Her participation in the lottery and presumed Christian faith raise the question — does the Bible permit Christians to play the lottery?

Pastor John MacArthur has said that he doesn’t believe Christians should play the lottery or gamble in any fashion, although the Bible does not “explicitly” prohibit it.

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