Missouri lottery winners want to live normally
But they will have more free time. Mark Hill quit his job as a mechanic Thursday. His wife, who missed a scheduled job interview on the same day, has no plans to keep looking for work. Instead, she plans to focus on their daughter.
"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."
Mark Hill said the adjustment in the family income hadn't quite sunk in yet. He had to buy some small things Thursday when the family was in Jefferson City waiting for the Missouri Lottery to validate their ticket.
"We had to get like toothpaste and stuff like that, and I found myself at the store still looking at the price of stuff," he said.
Some of the money will go toward travel, perhaps back to China for another adoption or "wherever the wind takes us," Cindy Hill said. They also will help relatives, including establishing college funds for their grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mark Hill has his eye on a red Camaro.
"When it's that big of a Powerball, you're going to get people coming out of the woodwork, some of them might not be too sane," Cindy Hill said. "We have to protect our family and grandkids."
She said the family will also be contributing to charities, including a scholarship fund in the local school district in her father-in-law's name. And they hope to continue advocating for adoption, which is "very big with us."
The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.
Before Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without anyone hitting the jackpot. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.
Cindy Hill said whatever is ahead for them, the family plans to use the winnings wisely.
"We want to say too that God blessed us with this. And for some reason, he put it in our hands, I think, to make sure that it goes to the right things," she said. "But we were blessed before we ever won this."
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