Months after winning the largest lottery jackpot in American history, a Missouri family lives in a modest manner, and has even donated some of their earnings back to the community.
Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn won half of a $587 million Powerball lottery jackpot in November. They got around $136.5 million in a lump-sum payment after paying taxes.
“They are very conservative people,” Walt Stubbs, a friend of the Hills, told the Reuters news agency in a report on Saturday. “They are doing some really nice things for the community and they’ve taken care of their family.”
The two will pay for a new fire station in Camden Point, where Mark Hill is from. The Hills still live in the same Dearborn home as they did before winning the lottery.
They also gave around $50,000 to buy land for a new sewage plant, Camden Point Mayor Kevin Boydston told the news agency.
“I’ve said all along that these lottery winnings could not have gone to a better couple,” Boydston was quoted as saying.
“They are giving back to the community, just like they said they would,” he added.
Stubbs, who heads the area’s fire department, said the planned fire station will connect to major roads, which is an improvement over the current one. “It’s a situation where if we had to do it ourselves, it would take 25 years,” Stubbs told Reuters.
Their story differs greatly from a number of other lottery winners, who often squander their earnings or where seemingly untimely deaths are involved.
Last month, Urooj Khan, a Chicago-area man who won $1 million in the lottery, was allegedly poisoned with cyanide. Khan’s brother, Imtiaz, suspects that his wife, Shabana Ansari, was responsible for his death, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Shabana said Urooj had no enemies. That’s because they were in the house. She was his enemy No. 1,” Imtiaz Khan told the Sun-Times recently.
Ansari in early February told ABC News that her husband, before his death, signed a document stating that his portion of a dry cleaning business would go to her if he died. “Members shall transfer their interest to their respective spouse upon member’s death,” reads a portion of the document.
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