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Larry Stoner, left, claimed the $500,000 Money Mania prize at the lottery headquarters on Monday.

Local lottery fan wins $500,000

– Larry Stoner is a “pretty regular buyer” when it comes to picking up lottery tickets and scratch-offs at gas stations or other stores.

“I wouldn’t say I buy one a day or anything like that, but I do buy five or so a week,” the Fort Wayne resident said.

So when he opened an email from the Hoosier Lottery congratulating him on winning the $500,000 grand prize in a Money Mania second-chance promotion, he was happy and excited to know that his dedication paid off.

Stoner won as part of a “second chance promotion” in which players are encouraged to enter nonwinning scratch-off tickets for a chance to win prizes.

Stoner and his wife, Nancy, plan to spend part of the winnings on their four daughters, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild who was born this month.

Then they’ll send off a couple of checks to Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children.

Nancy Stoner said she and her husband already give “a fair amount” to the two groups, but they are glad to offer a little more this year.

Once all that is finished, Larry Stoner said they have a few odds and ends around their home that could use an upgrade.

“And after that, I think Vegas is calling,” Stoner added with a chuckle.

Stoner has worked as a patent illustrator for 49 years.

For many years, he worked for General Electric, but he is now self-employed. Nancy Stoner works for a medical software company in Fort Wayne.

Both plan to retire in the coming years.

Nancy Stoner told the Hoosier Lottery that, although winning half a million dollars is a big deal, it’s only the second luckiest thing that’s happened to her husband.

“He is the luckiest,” Nancy Stoner joked. “He knows I am the luckiest thing that ever happened to him.”