Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Missouri, stepped forward today to claim their share of the record setting $588 million Powerball jackpot.
Mark, a 52-year-old mechanic, and his wife said that they would probably use the money to retire and take family trips.
Cindy Hill said:
“We’re still stunned by what’s happened. It’s surreal and people keep asking us, ‘What are you going to buy with it?’ I just want to go home and be back to normal … It’s really going to be nice to spend time – not have to work – and be able to take trips with our family.”
Cindy also said that they might use the money to expand their family. The Associated Press reports that Mark and Cindy adopted a daughter from China five years ago and are now thinking about adding another child to their family. Cindy also said that they would use the money to help their grandchildren save up for college. Mark is on board with helping out his grandkids but he’s also going to buy at least one selfish thing for himself: A red Camaro.
Their 6-year-old daughter is also hoping that she can get the pony that she has always dreamed of having.
The Hills are from Dearborn, Missouri, a small town of less than 500 people. Cindy and Mark posted the news to Facebook earlier today and news spread through the town pretty quickly.
David Troutman, a friend of the couple, said:
“I was on Facebook and I saw that his wife had posted, ‘Thank you God, we won the lottery.’ Of course everybody in town, all his friends, gave all thumbs up. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”