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One of the two winning tickets to the record setting $588 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed. The winning ticket was purchased by a couple who live in Dearborn, Missouri.
According to the Associated Press, the winners are Cindy and Mark Hill. Cindy, 51, was laid off in June 2010 and Mark, 52, is a mechanic. The couple were introduced by Missouri Lottery officials on Friday in the city, which is 40 miles north of Kansas City, according to the local CBS affiliate.
"We’re still stunned by what’s happened,’’ said Cindy, "It’s surreal.’’
‘‘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,’’ she continued. ‘‘We have to protect our family and grandkids.’’
the Hills have three grown sons and an adopted daughter from China aged only 6. With the winnings the hope to adopt a second child.
The couple chose to get a lump sum payment and $293,750,000 was the amount written on the oversize check, however Missouri Lottery spokeswoman Susan Goedde said that after taxes, they will receive about $136.5 million.