A Missouri couple has chosen to use their $136.5 million Powerball winnings to install a new sewage system in the husband’s home town of Camden Point.
“For some reason (God) put it in our hands. I think to make sure it goes to the right things,” winner Cindy Hill said.
Mark Hill, 52, and his wife Cindy, 51, of Dearborn, Mo., won a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November, netting $136.5 million after taxes.
The nearby town of Camden Point is home to less than 500 residents. The $50,000 the couple donated will help families in the down do away with individual septic tanks. City officials say the sewage treatment works could take up to 25 years to complete if they had to rely on the existing tax base.
The Hill family also plan to buy Camden Point a new ball field further away from highways so children are safe from traffic and a new fire station with direct access to highways. Fire chief Walt Stubbs says the location will allow the fire department to integrate with local ambulance district, improving emergency response times.
The couple donated a scholarship fund to nearby North Platte High School in Dearborn where they both graduated.