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Update: Hudson couple wins $150,000 in Powerball drawing

Mitchell and Linda Gill of Hudson claim their $150,000 Powerball prize on May 16 at the Wisconsin Lottery office in Madison. (Wisconsin Lottery photo)

Mitchell and Linda Gill are a lot richer after buying a winning Powerball ticket at the Kwik Trip station store in Hudson in late April.

The $2 ticket matched the Powerball number, plus four out of five of the other numbers drawn on May 4. They also had paid an extra dollar for the Power Play option, which tripled their winnings to a total of $150,000.

“It was shocking,” Linda Gill said in a phone call Tuesday when asked what their reaction was to winning that much money. It will be less after the Internal Revenue Service takes its share, she noted.

The Wisconsin Lottery named Mitchell as the prizewinner, but Linda (who also goes by the nickname Turtle) thinks she may have been the one who purchased the ticket at 10 o'clock on a Friday morning.

“It's no big thing,” she added. “It's our money.”

The Gills have been married for 39 years. They moved to Hudson in 2004 when the General Motors parts distribution center opened here. Linda is a retired GM employee.

Mitchell is retired from the Ford Motor Co., but now works part-time for Valley Cartage in Hudson.

“I love it here in Hudson,” Linda said. “It's just a beautiful place to be, and the people are so wonderful and very nice.”

Linda credited the power of prayer for their prize-winnings. She said they have a prayer room in their house like the one in the movie “War Room.”

They play the lottery regularly and were praying to win a little bit more.

The Mitchells haven't decided what they are going to do with the money, which they claimed in a May 16 trip to Madison.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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