DEARBORN, Mo. - The state of Missouri, and the rest of the United States, was introduced to the Show-Me State’s newest millionaires on Friday.
Joined by their children and other family members at North Platte R-1 High School, Mark and Cindy Hill accepted a ceremonial check for $293,750,000 on Friday.
"I think we're going to have a pretty good Christmas," Cindy Hill joked.
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Seated at a table in the building where they met and became high school sweethearts, the couple, their three grown sons, Jason, Cody and Jarod, and their adopted 6-year-old daughter, Jaiden, joyfully answered questions from the media.
Cindy Hill said purchased the winning Powerball ticket at the Trex Mart in their hometown of Dearborn at about 4:45 p.m., after Mark gave her $10 and told her to go get some tickets to Wednesday night’s record-breaking drawing.
She said left it in her car overnight. The next day, after she took Jaiden to school, she stopped by to check the numbers.
"I didn't have my glasses. I was thinking, 'Is that the right numbers? Is that the right numbers?' And I was shaking, I called my husband and said, 'I think I'm having a heart attack,'" she said.
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Her oldest son also had trouble believing she had the right numbers.
"I got a text from my mom that said 'call me ASAP,' and she's kind of the girl who cried wolf," Jarod, 31, said. "So, I got that text. I was like, 'Oh, geez.' I finally got a hold of her. She said, 'I won the Lotto.' I didn't believe her for actually a couple of hours because I just thought she was pranking me and then taking it too far."
"God blessed us," Hill said. "But we were blessed before we ever won this."
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Jason, 28, said he hopes the major life change won't cause chaos for his family.
"I hope we stay grounded. I hope we stay the great people we were yesterday and the day before," he said.
The Hills will split the $587.5 million prize with a yet-to-come-forward winner in Arizona.
"We're still stunned by what's happened. It's surreal," Hill said. "Every once in a while you look at each other and say, 'Did we really win that money?'"
The family says they hope to stay grounded as they accept their new riches. Cindy Hill said they would be accepting the prize in a lump sum payout, which is estimated at $192.35 million, before taxes.
The Hills said they planned to take a vacation and invest a lot of their winnings into their family. Besides a couple of charities they've looked into, they didn't have any other major plans for their new money.
Cindy said it was only a coincidence that the winning numbers - 5-23-16-22-29, Powerball 6 - matched the jersey numbers of Kansas City Royals legends George Brett, Mark Gubicza, Bo Jackson, Dennis Leonard, Dan Quisenberry and Willie Wilson.
Mark and Cindy both expressed how shocked they were when they came to the realization that they were holding the winning ticket.
“I was shaking,” Cindy Hill said. “I thought I was having a heart attack.”
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