November 30, 2012

Missouri Powerball winners want to live normally

Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., will split the $588 million prize with whoever holds a winning ticket sold at a convenience store near Phoenix.

The Associated Press

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Cindy and Mark Hill hold a celebratory check for having one of the two winning Powerball tickets in Dearborn, Mo., on Friday.

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An unidentified customer walks out of the Trex Mart convenience store in Dearborn, Mo., where Mark and Cindy Hill purchased one of the two winning Powerball tickets.

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"When it's that big of a Powerball, you're going to get people coming out of the woodwork, some of them might not be too sane," Cindy Hill said. "We have to protect our family and grandkids."

She said the family will also be contributing to charities, including a scholarship fund in the local school district in her father-in-law's name. And they hope to continue advocating for adoption, which is "very big with us."

The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.

Before Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without anyone hitting the jackpot. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.

Cindy Hill said whatever is ahead for them, the family plans to use the winnings wisely.

"We want to say too that God blessed us with this. And for some reason, he put it in our hands, I think, to make sure that it goes to the right things," she said. "But we were blessed before we ever won this."

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