Lottery winners will take home $136.5 million, but still want to live normally

By Maria Sudekum

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Dec. 1 2012 12:59 p.m. MST

She said the family will also be contributing to charities, including a scholarship fund in the local school district in her father-in-law's name. And they hope to continue advocating for adoption, which is "very big with us."

The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.

Before Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without anyone hitting the jackpot. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.

Cindy Hill said whatever is ahead for them, the family plans to use the winnings wisely.

"We want to say too that God blessed us with this. And for some reason, he put it in our hands, I think, to make sure that it goes to the right things," she said. "But we were blessed before we ever won this."

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