Lottery winners fund new football stadium at son’s high school

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

In September, Brian and Mary Lohse won $202 million in the Powerball lottery.

Among their first splurges, the Ohio couple is funding a new $3 million football stadium at their son's school, Bondurant-Farrar High School.

Their generous gift comes with just two conditions: that the stadium be completed before 2014, their eldest son's senior year, and that the visitor's locker room must be painted pink.

"I was sort of half joking and half not, I suppose, but they said they'd do it," Mary Lohse told the Des Moines Register, adding that she was inspired by the University of Iowa visitor's locker room at Kinnick Stadium, which is also painted pink.

"It's supposed to put them in a certain soft frame of mind," Mary Lohse said. "It will certainly give all the players something to talk about."

The Lohse's don't want the stadium named after them. Instead, they hope the stadium will become a community project that will benefit from others residents' and groups' donations, too.

"The school has been kind of a bedrock for our community and we appreciate all that it’s meant to our kids," Brian Lohse said. "We’d like to look out for the school a little bit and hasten a project that’s already on the horizon."

The $3 million for the stadium will be given in three, $1 million increments, the Associated Press reported.