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Powerball: Mark and Cindy Hill Identified as Missouri Winners

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ABC News(DEARBORN, Mo.) — The lucky winners of half of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot have been identified as Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., their working-class lives suddenly taking a turn to the financial stratosphere.

Cindy Hill, who with her husband has three adult sons and a 6-year-old daughter adopted from China, purchased the ticket at a Trex Mart gas station in Dearborn.

“I called my husband and told him, ‘I think I am having a heart attack,'” Cindy Hill, 51, said, according to the Missouri Lottery. “I think we just won the lottery!”

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Cindy, who worked as an office manager but was laid off in 2010, said that when she learned that a winning ticket was sold in Missouri, she dropped her daughter off at school, went to a convenience store for a winning numbers report, and checked her tickets in her car, according to the Missouri State Lottery.

“I was just telling my daughter the night before, ‘Honey, that probably never happens (people winning),” Cindy said. “It’s really going to be nice to spend time — not have to work — and be able to take trips with our family.”

Cindy did mention that her husband has mentioned one extravagance — a red Camaro.

The winning ticket was one of four Cindy purchased. She let the computer quick-pick choose the numbers, according to the Missouri Lottery. As soon as she saw that she had a winning ticket, Cindy had her mother-in-law and husband double check it.

“You know it’s the Show Me State, so he said, ‘Show me,'” she said.

The winning numbers were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29; Powerball was 6.

A winning ticket was also purchased at a Four Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Ariz., and was part of a $10 Quick Pick ticket, officials announced Thursday afternoon. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state’s winner or winners as of Thursday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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