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Mark Hill, Missouri Father of Four, Wins Half of $588 Million Powerball Jackpot

| by Michael Allen

Mark Hill, of Dearborn, Missouri, was one of the two people to win the $588 million Powerball jackpot this week.

Hill bought his ticket at a Trex Mart gas station in Dearborn, Missouri and picked his numbers by using the jerseys of some famous Kansas City Royals baseball players, reports KTVI-TV.

Hill, who works in a hot dog and deli packaging factory, announced his win on Facebook: "We are truly blessed ... we were lucky winners of the powerball!" reports the St. Joseph News Press.

His wife Cindy told the St. Joseph News Press: "I was just telling my daughter the night before, 'Honey, that probably never happens.'"

A few hours later, she checked their ticket numbers at a local store: "I think I am having a heart attack. I think we just won the lottery!"

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Oddly, the press hunted down the Hills' friends and neighbors, and asked questions about the family's character.

One investigation of the Hill family even included a report that one of their sons, Cody Justin Hill, has a criminal record. However, that has absolutely no bearing on his dad's lottery win.

The other winner of the Powerball lottery is in hiding, reports KHOU-TV. The Arizona Lottery said Thursday that the other winning Powerball ticket was sold at 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

The Arizona Lottery advised the winner, who has not come forward yet, to sign his or her ticket, but given the intense and invasive media scrutiny, who could blame him or her for not coming forward?

Karen Bach, the director of budget, product and communication for the Arizona Lottery, told KHOU-TV: "I think that it is important for the winner to be thoughtful and make some plans and then come in and celebrate. So I think it usually takes a little time but you never know."