Fort Wayne Man Wins $500,000: Plans To Pay It Forward

By Emma Koch

Fort Wayne Man Wins $500,000: Plans To Pay It Forward

April 24, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 4:39 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- 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."

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