When we buy a lottery ticket, we all dream about what we would do with the winnings. Of course big houses, cars, and yachts are your standard first purchases with a bunch of cold hard cash, and sometimes winning the lottery isn’t always the best thing. Like the late Notorious B.I.G. famously said, “Mo Money. Mo Problems.” But what if you wanted to give back, especially to your own community? That’s what Missouri Powerball winner Mark Hill decided to do so he footed the bill for his small town of Camden Point to have a new fire station.
Mark Hill and his family won a Powerball jackpot of close to $300 million back in November, 2012 and since then they did make the stereotypical purchases a lot of lottery winners make, but they also adopted two children and wanted to put a lot of dough into the infrastructure of their town of 500 residents. The new state-of-the-art fire station took over a year to build and includes a large training facility with radiant heating in the floors and is completely energy efficient. The Hills also purchased new fire trucks and added an ambulance service to better serve the tiny community. They were inspired to rebuild the station after volunteer firefighters saved Mr. Hill’s father twice. Hill told Fox 8 about the project stating, “You know what? If my wife and I could have built this without anybody knowing that she and I were building it, that’s exactly what we would have done.”
This isn’s the first time that the Hill Family has gained national attention about what they’re doing with their lottery winnings, back in 2013 they made the luxurious purchase of a sewage treatment plant for Camden Point.
(Via: Fox 8)