Brunswick County, N.C. Powerball winner cited in connection with drug possession, others arrested

Jeffrey Antuan Gause
Jeffrey Antuan Gause

A single mother, who won a $188 Powerball jackpot in Brunswick County, N.C. last February, was cited with drug possession at her home on Thursday.

Two other men there were cited in connection with drug possession, and two others were arrested, authorities said.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a home on Boverie Street in Shallotte, N.C. to arrest Lamar Andre McDow, 31, in connection with violating terms of a pre-trial release, according to Emily Flax, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

McDow had been arrested in connection with heroin charges in November, was released on $3 million bail, and had missed curfew, which violated the terms of his release, Flax said.

Deputies said they smelled marijuana coming from the home, so they left and came back with search warrants about 10 p.m. that evening.

Authorities said they found marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, along with a .45 caliber pistol inside the home.

McDow was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and is currently being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $6,000,000 bond, authorities said.

Powerball winner, Fontella Marie Holmes, 26, along with Damarius Dontrell Simmons, 21, Danell Lamont McNeil, 31, all of the Boverie home, were each cited in connection with possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, Flax said.

Jeffrey Antuan Gause, 23, of Shallotte was arrested at the Boverie home in connection with resisting a public officer, Flax said.

Gause was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released on $1,000 bail.

According the North Carolina Education Lottery website, Holmes, a mother of four, took a $127 million lump sum payment after winning a Powerball jackpot in February.

Authorities said three children were present in the home at the time of the arrests and citations, but it's unknown where they were placed after the incident and who the parents are of each child.

Flax said North Carolina Department of Social Services was not called.

Holmes had previously worked at Wal-Mart and McDonalds while supporting her children before her lottery win.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend