US couple claims share of $587.5m jackpot

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 10:50 hrs

London: A couple from Missouri have claimed their share in a whopping 587.5 million dollars Powerball lottery jackpot.

Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, will split the record prize with a winner from Arizona, who has not come forward yet, the BBC reported.

Mark is a 52-year-old mechanic at a meat-processing plant while his wife is a former office manager, who was made redundant in June 2010.

The winner from Arizona has 180 days to claim his prize money.

The jackpot swelled after 16 consecutive rollover draws. The numbers drawn late on Wednesday were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6.

"It's really going to be nice to spend time - not have to work - and be able to take trips with our family," Cindy said.

The couple said that they would use their winnings to help their relatives, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, pay for college. Mark has suggested that he might buy a red Chevrolet Camaro.

The Hills bought their lottery ticket at a Trex Mart petrol station on the outskirts of Dearborn, while the other ticket was bought at Four Sons Food shop in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

The Powerball jackpot, which was the second-largest in US history, triggered a frenzy of ticket sales. At one point, 130,000 tickets were reportedly being bought each minute.

Forty-two US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands participate in the Powerball lottery. 

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