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DEARBORN, Mo. - Missouri’s newest millionaires are set to come forward at a news conference Friday morning.
State lottery officials will be joined by the holder of the winning Powerball ticket for Wednesday night’s record $587 million jackpot. The ticket was sold at Trex Mart in Dearborn.
41 Action News has learned that the winners are Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn . The couple will split the jackpot with a winner in Arizona.
“They’re a good family. They deserve it,” family friend Baron Hartell said of the Hills. “I’m very happy for them.”
The news conference is planned at North Platte R-1 High School in Dearborn at 11 a.m.
Missouri Lottery chief operations officer Gary Gonder said late Thursday afternoon that a ticket had been submitted several hours earlier.
Gonder said the lottery performed "various checks" to verify the ticket.
The big winner has been the talk of the town in Dearborn – population 496 – since news broke Thursday morning a winning ticket was purchased there.
Dearborn resident Shelly Wolfe left her tickets at home Thursday morning before checking them.
“I really thought it was me. But it wasn’t,” she said. “I’m really glad it was someone local. That’s exciting.”
The Hills’ prize (about $293 million) will be the largest ever awarded in the state of Missouri. The $587.5 million jackpot was the largest Powerball prize ever and the second biggest in U.S. lottery history.
Missouri, like 36 of the other 41 states where Powerball is played, does not allow anonymity from lottery winners, though public appearances are not required.
It was unclear early Friday what the Hills’ participation level would be in the news conference at the high school.
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