Category: US Society / November 30, 2012 3:18 PM EST
A Missouri couple, Mark and Cindy Hill, were announced on Friday (November 30) as winners of half the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot from a drawing on Wednesday.
Cindy Hill, from the small rural town of Dearborn, first learned of the winning ticket on Thursday (November 29) when she checked her numbers at the Trex Mart.
"I was shaking and I called my husband and said I think I'm having a heart attack."
She said she had dropped her daughter off at school and checked her five tickets in her car. She then went to her mother-in-law's house to double-check the ticket, joined later by Mark Hill, 52.
Cindy was an office manager laid off in June, 2010. Mark is a mechanic for Hillshire Brands, a food company.
Cindy downplayed the family's newfound celebrity status. "It's just us, we're just normal human beings, I mean we're as common as anybody, we just have a little bit more money."
She said her husband Mark wants a Chevrolet Camaro and she wants a horse. They have an adopted daughter from China, and have talked about adopting again since learning about their win.
Missouri Lottery officials introduced the Hill family at a news conference at the high school in Dearborn, a town of 496 people.
The Hills shared the Powerball payout with someone who bought a ticket at a food store in Fountain Hills, Arizona, on the outskirts of Phoenix. The Arizona winner has not yet come forward.
Some states allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but Missouri requires that the winner be publicly identified to claim the prize.
The Hill's have the choice of taking a lump-sum payment of about $192.3 million before taxes, or receiving half of the jackpot as an annuity in payments over three decades, the lottery has said.
The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket is one in more than 175 million.