The alleged drug dealer boyfriend of $188 million Powerball Lottery winner Marie Holmes defended her for paying $21 million to bail him out of jail.
Lamarr McDow spoke to London's Daily Mail tabloid exclusively. He defended Holmes for standing by him after the single mother of four won $188 million in the North Carolina Powerball Lottery in 2014.
In his 1st ever interview, McDow said, "We are a couple, and I am the father of her youngest child," referring to 1-year-old Ebony who was born after Holmes hit the lottery.
This is what people do for each other. She has the money and she can do what she wants with it."
McDow said he supported Holmes and her four children before she hit the lottery. He said the family moved into a modest $275,000 home but they were forced to leave due to racist neighbors.
"People are just jealous because of how much she won and people want to see me locked up in jail," he said.
Holmes agreed to a lump sum payout of $127 million after winning a third of $564 million -- the fifth largest jackpot in North Carolina. Her final payout was $87 million after taxes.
But life has not been easy for the 27-year-old. Her friends abandoned her, and family members constantly beg her for money.
Other than the flashy bootleg Rolex Holmes bought him for $15,000, McDow and Holmes live a modest lifestyle. Holmes set him up in a auto repair business and he drives a new pickup truck.
He said Holmes has been "deluged" with letters from people begging her for money.
"When money comes, there are more problems," she told him.