Powerball Winner: 'Think I'm Having a Heart Attack'
Mark and Cindy Hill are the lucky ones
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 10:12 AM CST
Updated Nov 30, 2012 1:36 PM CST
Mark and Cindy Hill hold a Powerball check with their three of their four children, Jarod, left, Cody and six-year-old Jaiden in Dearborn, Mo., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Newser) – One of the two winners of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has been identified: Missourians Cindy and Mark Hill, reports NBC News. "I think I'm having a heart attack," Cindy, a laid-off office manager, told her 52-year-old husband after checking the numbers yesterday morning. She then drove to the home of her mother-in-law, who verified the numbers were, indeed, the lucky ones. Mark, who works at a meat processing plant, met her there. "You know it's the Show Me State, so he said, 'Show me,'" says Cindy. The winning ticket was among five the couple bought at a Dearborn Trex Mart convenience store.

The small town of Dearborn was identified yesterday as home to one of the winners, and with a population of just 496, there weren't that many people it could be. The Hills are reportedly high-school sweethearts, with three grown children and an adopted 6-year-old. “Just an all-around good guy,’’ a former high school classmate told News Today of Mark. The AP reports that the Hills opted to take the lump sum: about $136.5 million after taxes. They're now considering a second adoption with their winnings; they also plan to pay for college for a number of family members and take some vacations. Their 6-year-old has apparently requested a pony. For his part, Mark is eying a red Camaro.

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Kee5
Dec 1, 2012 12:44 PM CST
I am so happy for this couple....is you are reading this... Their are blessings that are ment for everyone... You got your blessing... please be happy with it and make sure you keep a smile on your face... It's your blessing and no one can take it away from you... I read your story and I know that this belongs to you....I don't know you but I know that you are a loving family and your hearts are full of joy and love... Always stay positive..again god bless you and have a wonderful time spending your money.....it's yours... Email back at lakeesha.williams4@yahoo.com 980-422-5751 thanks...lakeesha brown
smilndav
Dec 1, 2012 12:40 AM CST
I went k-12 with this guy and his wife and they deserve every cent!!!! a good farm boy and a decent father w/great kids. but your right, it's too bad the government who can't handle their share of the money and they're a bunch of rich white lawyers with the responsibility level of a 7th grader. sad sad sad. Obama will probably force them to share the wealth with every sob story for the asking. Nobody here in this town is jealous at all, just happy for them.
homer57
Nov 30, 2012 4:58 PM CST
But consider this: in spite of the VERY few who do win...how about all the ones who will never win and how about all that money the govts are getting and wasting on stupid stuff, and NOT balancing that stinking Budget! There would be NO need for any lottery if people realized that it is Unnecesary gambling! labor and the sweat of ones brow is what gets a man his money to pay bills and live! You have a better chance of playing gold on the Mt. everest than of winning the lottery! its a shame how the U.S.A. has changed in the last 50-60 years! Saddddddd.....1 Peter 3:19 KJV P.S. a sum of all the lottery winners since its first introduction will show that most of them are probably broke and squandered the money they won...sadddddd again!!