After winning the lottery, a couple isn’t phased by the instant wealth or fame. Instead, they give back to the community that has served them over the years.
Campden Point, Missouri is home to Mark and Cindy Hill. In 2012, the couple made headlines after winning the $292 million lottery jackpot. What did they plan to do with the money? Build a brand new, state-of-the-art fire station.
Their inspiration came from the local firefighters that saved the life of Mark’s dad, not only once, but twice. Mark and Cindy wanted to provide a safe and welcoming place for the paramedics and firemen that had served their community over the years. Construction on the extensive project began.
After months of collaborating with architects, various firemen, and building contractors, the structure was finished. Improvements included larger rooms, bigger vehicle spaces (including the local ambulance), heated floors, completely re-done electrical work, as well as a new concrete foundation. It would serve the community for decades to come.
When the structure was finished, all 500 of Campden Point’s residents gathered downtown to formally dedicate the building and thank Mark and Cindy for their generosity. Mark gives a humble response.
“My wife and I were able to pay them back,” Mark said. “If my wife and I could have built this without anybody knowing that her and I were building it, that’s exactly what we would have done,” he said.
The couple didn’t stop their philanthropy efforts there. The family also pledged to fund a new ball field, a sewage treatment center, and a scholarship opportunity at the local high school.
When Camden Point fire chief Walt Stubbs was asked to comment on the couple’s big win, he gave the perfect response.