TODAY | November 30, 2012
>> nuky powerball winners. kerry sanders is in missouri where we'll learn the identity of the state's newest multi-millionaire in a morning.
>> reporter: the story of the winning ticket sold right here at this gas station is yet to be fully be told, but we do have some details. we know that the family will claim half of this $587 million has lived here in dearborn for generations, and their winning numbers were on a ticket that cost $10. dearborn is a small town where everyone knows everyone. and where this woman who asked that we not lose her last name told us her daughter-in-law bought five tickets for $10 but waited until late thursday morning to check the numbers.
>> so she goes out to the car and says, well, i guess i'll check it, so she was looking at it and she says is that a 5 or a 6, i just couldn't see. she said i think it is a 6. she came by here and was shaking when i opened the door.
>> reporter: at the trex mart off interstate 89 where the ticket was sold, those who have known the couple since the husband was in boy scouts say a more deserving couple could not have won.
>> probably couldn't happen to a better guy.
>> reporter: husband and wife who have already shown their ticket to missouri lottery officials have three adult children and a 6-year-old, a girl they adopted from china.
>> it's wild. crazy to think that somebody that comes in here on a regular basis possibly won the powerball.
>> reporter: for much of thursday the question was do the numbers hold meaning? dearborn is but 35 miles north of kansas city , home to the royals baseball team , and those winning lottery numbers, they match royals greats, most of them hall of famers, 5, george brett , 23 mash gubicza. 16, bo jackson , 22, dennis leonard , 29 dan quisenberry and the powerball 6, willy wilson, and while it's an odd coincidence the royals spring training is in arizona where that other big winning ticket was sold. while the retired hall of famer jersey number story is fast becoming legend, it looks like it may be not true. i'm hearing that the purchase of the tickets was a quick pick, but we'll probably find out more about this, as lottery officials have announced that later today at the local high school there will be a press conference with details. savannah?
>> all right. kerry sanders , thank you.
>>> david troutman is a high school friend of the missouri couple which are expected to be revealed as one of the powerball winners in just a few hours as kerry mentioned, and he's here with us exclusively. david , good morning to you.
>> good morning.
>> high school friends. please tell me you had some sort of pact back in high school to split the lottery if you ever won it.
>> yes, i saved his life.
>> good story.
>> you can try that out a little bit later. i should mention we are not mentioning the couple's name until it's confirmed by lottery officials. you know them and went to high school with them. a couple in their 50s, from dearborn , too. what else can you tell us about them?
>> he was in just an all-around good guy. he was ffa, childhood sweet hearts , really -- he was into football, sports, everybody loved mark.
>> i know you're facebook friends with them. have they posted anything on facebook since this all happened?
>> yeah. i was on facebook , and i saw that his wife had posted and said thank you, god. we won the lottery. of course, everybody in town and all the friends gave all thumbs up and really couldn't have happened to a better guy.
>> i understand your town dearborn , missouri is a very close-knit small community. fair to say everybody knows each other. what impact is this having on the town?
>> hard to say. word spread that he won so fast. i heard it was a winner from dearborn , and then when i -- literally by the time i walked in the door my mom was on the phone and said he -- he won, and, it was him, but -- who knows what the impact will be on dearborn .
>> well, great to see good news travel fast and happen to good folks. david troutman,