Skip to comments.Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Posted on 02/24/2013 8:19:16 AM PST by lowbridge
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store.
And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead.
While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes.
"They are very conservative people," said Walt Stubbs, a friend and former high school classmate of the Hills. "They are doing some really nice things for the community and they've taken care of their family."
The Hills are giving money to civic projects in Mark Hill's hometown of Camden Point, Missouri, and still live in nearby Dearborn, Missouri, as they did before winning the jackpot.
The Hills will pay for a new Camden Point fire station and ball field and gave the town more than $50,000 to buy land for a new sewage treatment plant that will eventually allow residents to give up individual septic tanks, Mayor Kevin Boydston said.
"I've said all along that these lottery winnings could not have gone to a better couple," Boydston said. "They are giving back to the community, just like they said they would."
Camden Point has fewer than 500 residents and is wedged into hills in a rural area about 30 miles north of Kansas City. Its downtown has a series of mostly empty brick buildings.
Stubbs, chief of the area's volunteer fire department, said the new station is planned to connect directly to main roads, a major improvement on the current fire hall, which does not have quick access to highways.
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In a just world this couple would be President and Senate Majority Leader, Not the criminals currently infesting those offices.
I hope it was a Ford.
I think the older you are when you win, the more conservative in your spending. It doesn’t go to your head.
I think the first thing I would do is contact my local township politicians and state representative, senator, and governor for a comprehensive estimate on the hurdles I would face if I wanted to pay for a hydroelectric retrofit on the small dam here in town.
$587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 million in a lump-sum.
I’d like to see lotto’s breakdown of WHERE they spent their
share. I want names, dates & places!
“They are giving back to the community,”
...I’m happy for the town, the couple etc. But I can’t stand this phrase! The couple owes the town nothing. They don’t have to “give back” a damn thing! They’re just being generous.
Did they pay their “fair share”? Sounds like they need some serious couch time with a shrink. They must be disturbed if they don’t know how to waste their new found fortune. If that is proven, they should be denied access to firearms. And why is it called “giving back”? How about being charitable and a good neighbor? Every time I hear some dumb ass say he’s “giving back” or “community service” (that used to be what you were sentenced to after you committed a minor crime)or “buy back”, I want to puke.
Why...isn’t it wrong to have more money than someone else? “Give back”? It is only “fair” in new nobamamerika.
Nah. Jack Whittaker won the largest single prize Powerball, $300 million, to which he took a single payout, after tax, of $120 million. He was an older man, who even owned a multi-million construction company.
He was broke after within 5 years of winning.
It’s all about the values you’ve been cultivating up until the lottery win. Good values will make it good fortune. Borderline values will make it hell on earth.
Their generosity is even more noteworthy considering that somebody stole most of their money.
Probably got XM subscription too. What a showoff/s
I understand what you’re saying, that to do so is somehow expected, and can’t be attributed to generosity.
A local organ donation group had a similar phrase: “You’ve been given the gift of Life — give it back!” ... very inappropriate, and GOD gives us life to make as we will. If we wish to “pass it on”, that’s our choice as with all our gifts.
Sounds like a good book I just read:
Well, hussein did say that sooner or later you’ve made enough money. I guess that’s why the hildebeast is going to make people pony up 200K for her speeches/lectures. So she can reach that magic number(whatever that number is) sooner or later. Which is far higher number than than us peons can make. But, “What difference does it make now?”. Typical of the radical left wing extremist demokkkrat scumbags. No offense to scumbags.
I’ve read more than a few times that it’s very common for winners of big lottery jackpots wind up in bankruptcy court within a few years of winning.
That is SO telling. The Mayor is a TRUE politician.
I don’t understand why they only get 136 million. That is a huge amount, but still.
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