$13M winner to buy pal a new car
Published: May 30, 2008 | 7074th good news item since 2003
With $13.6 million in the bank, Lotto 6/49 winner Fred Stonos is going to buy the Welland convenience store cashier who sold him his winning ticket a new car.
Stonos, 44, who has worked in a mill for 25 years, said yesterday he regularly repairs cashier Sandy Nero’s car. She regularly sold him lottery tickets, including the one for the May 10 draw that made him a multi-millionaire.
“I fix her car all the time,” said the Welland resident. “I told her if I won, I would buy her a new car.”
Nero learned that she would be getting a new vehicle from Stonos in a cellphone call.
“I am so excited,” Nero said. “I can’t wait to see it.”
Stonos said he plans quit his job and buy a new fishing rod and Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The single man was joined at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s offices on Dundas St. W. yesterday by his parents, Fred, 79, and Wanda, 76.
“We are very excited for him,” Fred said. “He’s a good son and we feel good for him.”