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Lottery Winners Donation: Iowa Couple Want Pink Visiting Locker Room For High School Stadium

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 12/18/12 06:28PM EST
Bondurant-Farrar

The Bondurant-Farrar school district will be getting a new stadium, thanks to one lottery-winning couple. (Photo: Website screenshot / http://www.bondurant.k12.ia.us/)

An Iowa couple is donating their lottery winnings to their son's high school.

According to the Des Moines Register, Brian and Mary Lohse won $202 million in a recent Powerball jackpot. The lottery winners decided to donate $3 million of that money to the Bondurant-Farrar school district so that the high school can build a new football stadium. The Lohse's oldest son is currently a sophomore at the high school.

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"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 about his donation as a lottery winner. "We'd like to look out for the school a little bit and hasten a project that's already on the horizon."

However, there was a catch to this lottery winners donation. The Lohse's jokingly demanded that the visiting locker room of the stadium be painted pink. The University of Iowa's visting locker room has a similar color scheme.

"I was sort of half joking and half not I suppose, but they said they'd do it," Mary Lohse said. "It's supposed to put them in a certain soft frame of mind ... it will certainly give all the players something to talk about."

Despite the donation, the lottery winners told the school board that they did not need the stadium to be named after them. Their only legitimate request was that the project be completed by fall of 2014, when their son will be a senior.

According to the Associated Press, the stadium that will be funded by the lottery winners donation will also include an academic wing and an auditorium.

"It not only gives us the opportunity to accelerate the stadium project, but to advance other plans for projects within the district as well," school board President Kristin Swift said about the lottery winners donation.



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