Missouri Powerball Winners Mark And Cindy Hill Might Use Winnings To Adopt Another Child

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While the most recent Powerball winner, who lottery officials say purchased his or her winning ticket in Arizona, has yet to come forward, Missouri winners Mark and Cindy Hill confirmed that they bought a winning ticket.

The shocked couple plans to take it slow and spend their winnings wisely.

 

“It's going to be nice to spend time -- not to have to work -- and be able to take trips with our family," Cindy Hill, a former office manager who was laid off in June 2010, said in a statement reported by the AP.

 

Cindy and her husband Mark -- who works at a Hillshire Farms meat processing plant -- have an adopted daughter from China. With their winnings, the couple is considering another adoption. They also plan to help some relatives pay for college.

 

According to Cindy, Mark has his eye on one item in particular: a red Camaro.

 

"I was just telling my daughter the night before, 'Honey, that probably never happens,'" Cindy said.

 

The Hill family resides in Dearborn, Mo., a town of about 500 that lies 40 miles north of Kansas City. The Hills' name began circulating when it was announced that the winning ticket was sold at a Trex Mart convenience store on the edge of town.

 

Myron Anderson, the pastor of a baptist church in nearby Camden Point, spoke highly of the Hills.

 

"He's [Mark] a really nice guy, and I know his wife, and they have this nice little adopted daughter that they went out of their way to adopt," Anderson said.

 

Dearborn residents say that lottery winnings don't often come to their small town. Kevin Bryan, a lifelong resident, claims to know of only one past Dearborn winner -- a farmer who won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket. “He bought himself a combine,” Bryan said.

 

The Hill's have yet to announce if they'll take their winnings in one lump sum or in an annuity package. The total cash payout for the $588 million drawing is expected to be $385 million, which the Hills will share with the unknown Arizona winner if both parties choose that option.

 

Wednesday's jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. History, according to the AP. At one time, tickets sold at a clip of 130,000 per minute. Before Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 times without a victor. 

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