Dearborn, Missouri (AP) - Lottery officials say a 52-year-old mechanic from northwest Missouri holds one of the two tickets matching all six numbers in the record $588 million Powerball jackpot.
A Missouri Lottery news release says Mark S. Hill bought the winning ticket for himself and his wife, Cindy, at a gas station in Dearborn.
When Hill's wife told him that they'd won the lottery, he needed to see the proof for himself.
After getting the call from his wife, he drove to his mother's house, where his wife was waiting with their ticket -- and he confirmed for himself that the numbers matched the ones that were drawn.
They'll have to split it with an as-yet-unidentified winner in Arizona. But it still means a lump sum of $136 million, after taxes.
Hill is a 52-year-old mechanic who works at a meat processing plant. His wife was laid off from her job more than two years ago.
The couple has three grown sons and a 6-year-old daughter they adopted from China five years ago. And they say they're now considering a second adoption. They also plan to help other relatives, including their grandchildren and nieces and nephews, pay for college. They're planning vacations. And their daughter wants a pony.
Hill has his eye on a red Camaro.
He and his wife say they're planning "a pretty good Christmas."
The $587.5 million payout represents the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history.
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