April 23, 2013

Fort Wayne man plans to pay it forward

StonerINDIANAPOLIS –  A Fort Wayne man is the grand prize winner in a recent Hoosier Lottery second-chance drawing.  Larry Stoner of Fort Wayne claimed a $500,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters April 22 in the Money Mania second-chance promotion. 

Stoner and his wife Nancy have selfless plans for their half-a-million-dollar windfall.  They plan to write a check to each of their four grown children and gift some to a couple institutions near to their heart: Indiana University and Riley Children’s Hospital.

“We already give a fair amount,” said Larry Stoner.  “We can give a little bit more now.”

With retirement looming not too far down the road, the couple also plans to put a chunk in the bank.  Larry Stoner has worked as a patent illustrator for 49 years.  Nancy works in quality assurance for a medical software company.

Larry characterized the win as “a good deal.”   Nancy’s take on Larry’s good fortune is a little more humorous.  While she agrees that winning half a million dollars is a big deal, she ranks it as the second luckiest thing that ever happened to Larry.

“He is the luckiest,” said Nancy Stoner, adding with a laugh, “he knows I am the luckiest thing that ever happened to him.”

Larry Stoner was the grand prize winner in the Money Mania second-chance promotion. Several second-chance promotions are currently available through mylottery.  A mylottery account is free to sign up for at hoosierlottery.com and allows players to enter their non-winning scratch-off tickets for the chance to win prizes. 

The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.

Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.


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Photo: Larry Stoner claims his $500,000 second chance winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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