North Carolina Powerball winner Marie Holmes garnered side-eyes from a slew of social media users when her story hit the Web. In August, Holmes reportedly dropped a whopping total of $9 million on her boyfriend’s Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow bail after cashing out for two of his releases. On New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Holmes spent another $12 million on bail for McDow. In his first interview since their story was made public, McDow is coming to Holmes’ defense, noting that he would “do the same for her” if their roles were reversed.
“We are a couple, and I am the father of her youngest child. This is what people do for each other. She has the money and she can do what she wants with it,” he told Daily Mail. “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.”
In November 2014, McDow was arrested after a year-long investigation led to the discovery of 8,000 bags of heroin. He was charged with with trafficking heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver. On his second arrest, police procured a search warrant after smelling marijuana on McDow, which led to the discovery of a firearm and a weapons charge. McDow’s New Year’s Day arrest was for his involvement in an illegal street race. McDow maintains that before Holmes’ lottery win, he helped to support her while she was living at home with her mother and four children.
“We were together for two years before she won the Powerball,” he said. “Her youngest child is my daughter. I have known her for a long time and people round where she lived will tell you that I am a good man who has helped out others. So many people are going on that she has paid $21m to get me out of jail, but that ain’t true. It is just 10 per cent.”
Fox News reports that anywhere between $1.47 million to $2.1 million has been spent on McDow’s releases. Holmes, whose Powerball winnings totaled $188 million, took to Facebook to denounce her critics.
“What Y’all need to be worried about is Y’all money and not how I spend mine this is benefitting Y’all how? And no he’s no drug dealer or user but who are Y’all to judge anybody?” she wrote.