See What This Man Did With His Powerball Winnings

| by John Freund
Fire station in Camden Point, MissouriFire station in Camden Point, Missouri

What would you do if you won the Powerball jackpot? Would you build a firehouse in the town of 500 people where you live?  Well, one Missouri man did just that. 

In November 2012, Mark Hill, of Camden Point, Missouri, won nearly $200 million in the Powerball lottery, according to KMBC. He reportedly decided to pay his community back by building a brand-new, state-of-the-art firehouse. 

Hill said he built the structure to repay a debt to the community, since volunteer firefighters twice saved his father's life.  

"My wife and I were able to pay them back," Hill told KMBC.

Since hitting the jackpot, Hill and his wife have reportedly adopted two children, bought some new cars, built a bigger house, and taken multiple vacations. They've also contributed to many local charities; the firehouse is just their latest gift.  

For his part, Hill said he is not looking for praise.

"You know what?" he said. "If my wife and I could have built this without anybody knowing that her and I were building it, that’s exactly what we would have done."

Hill didn't even want to give an interview about the new fire station.

"I'd rather be doing anything else," he said. "I'd rather be changing the oil in your car."

The firehouse, which is home to the community's fire trucks and ambulance service, reportedly took more than a year to build.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Ethan Bell: "[The] room is 100 percent concrete. It was totally encased in concrete - the floor, ceiling, walls, everything except the doors."  

The training facility was built energy-efficiently with plenty of room to expand should the need arise. The building is designed to last for many years.

“We took our time to put things together so this would be something that we would be proud of and also that would be a great asset to the community,” Camden Point Fire Chief Walt Stubbs said.

"I'm just proud to be a part of it," Hill said. "See, I don't think about my wife and I actually, I just don't think that way. I'm proud that this is in my family, and I'm proud to know there's an ambulance service right here. I mean, how many towns of 500 people have an ambulance service that's manned 24-7? Very few. I'm proud to be part of that."

According to the Powerball website, a drawing takes place every Wednesday and Saturday night. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. The odds of winning are approximately 1 in 229 million. 

Sources: KMBC, Powerball / Photo Credit: KMBC

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