The 28th November USA Powerball draw made history as the second biggest jackpot prize ever won. The $580 million USD draw was won by two ticket holders – one from Missouri and the other from Arizona. The Missouri winners have now been revealed.
Please meet lucky lottery winners Mark and Cindy Hill. The American Powerball winning couple came out to announce their giant win at a press conference held in their hometown. It should be no surprise that the happy couple are looking forward to, a “pretty good Christmas”.
Who Are Mark and Cindy Hill?
Working class couple Mark and Cindy Hill were High School sweethearts but recently they have been struggling financially. Cindy worked as an office manager but lost her job in 2010. Mark had only recently found employment at a hot dog packaging plant.
The happy Hills with their giant lottery cheque
Coincidentally, the previous record holders for a Powerball jackpot win also worked at a meat processing plant. Back in 2006 a $365 million jackpot was split between 8 workers from a meat packing factory.
The day after the Wednesday draw Mark updated his Facebook account with the following message: "We are truly blessed, we are lucky winners of the Powerball." It turns out Mark was 100% serious with his Facebook message, unlike Nolan Daniels.
A Happy And Wealthy Family
It’s not just Cindy and Mark who are now incredibly rich, they have a large family who will be benefiting from this immense wealth windfall. The winning couple have 3 adult sons (aged 28, 30, and 31) and a 6-year-old adopted daughter from China.
"We're normal human beings," Cindy said. "We just have a little bit more money."
When Cindy checked her winning tickets the morning after the big draw she was absolutely shocked. She called her husband immediately and told him, “I think I am having a heart attack, I think we just won the lottery!”
The Powerball winning ticket was one of five Cindy purchased for the draw.
Missouri Powerball winner Cindy Hill at the press conference.
What Does The Future Hold In Store For The Hills?
The Hills are a grounded and stable family and are determined not to let this unbelievable win change them.
"We've worked pretty hard our whole lives, and we know the value of a dollar.”
The Hill family do have some immediate plans for their immense wealth:
Mark would like to purchase a red Camaro -- but today he said that he plans on keeping his same old pick-up truck
• A scholarship for the local High School in Dearborn
• College funds for their grandchildren, nephews and nieces
• A few vacations including trips to China and Ireland
They are keeping an open mind about their jackpot win and have stated that they will go “wherever the win takes us."
The Lump Sum Or The Annuity?
USA Powerball offers their winners the choice between a lump sum immediate cash payment or an annuity paid out over a number of years. The Hills have opted for taking $193,750,000 as a lump sum payout.
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