At the high school where they became sweethearts in the 1970s, Cindy and Mark Hill were presented by Missouri lottery officials as the winners of half of the $588 million Powerball jackpot. After taxes, they will take home a lump sum of $136.5 million.
The couple hope to stay true to their roots and continue to live simply, inasmuch as being some of the biggest lottery winners in history will allow. They have no plans to move out of their single-story ranch house, although Mark Hill quit his job as a mechanic on November 29. Cindy Hill has been laid off since 2010 and says she can now stop looking for work.
“We will still be going down to the corner café for breakfast or fish day, I can guarantee you,” said Cindy Hill. “We’re just normal human beings. We’re as common as anybody. We just have a little bit more money.”
The family plans to spend some money on travel, some on college funds for young relatives, and at least some on charities, including a scholarship fund in the local school district in Mark’s father’s name. They also hope to continue advocating for adoption, which is “very big with us,” said Cindy Hill. The Hills have 6-year-old daughter they adopted from China five years ago and three grown sons.
“Right now, she’s our most important thing,” Cindy Hill said. “And we want her to have normal things. It’s Christmastime, and we want to be home….We want everything normal.”
When asked what she wanted for Christmas, the little girl said simply: “Pony.”
(Source, Maria Sudekum, Associated Press, as reported in The Kansas City Star)