LOTTERY SPENDING: Bondurant Couple Helps City

The Bondurant family that won $200 million last September has figured out the next place they’re going to spend their money: they are investing in a grocery store for their city.

“When we moved to town 12 years ago or so there wasn’t a grocery store here and throughout the last 12 years we’d always kind of joke, well if we won the lottery we’d build a grocery store,” said Brian Lohse.

And now that they’ve actually won the lottery, they are following through with their plans.

Since it had always been a dream of Mary and Brian Lohse’s, it didn’t take long to draw up layout and pick the land.  They plan to build it right across the street from the Casey’s gas station, which coincidentally is where they bought their winning ticket. Not only has this been a plan of Lohse’s for a while, it’s also been a dream of the city’s to have a local grocery store right in town.

“That was an amazing moment. It’s a great thing for the town. People have been asking for a store here for many, many years. So thank you to the Lohse’s for stepping up and making this possible. It’s a great thing for them and the city,” said Mark Arentsen, the Bondurant City Administrator.

The final step is to get the plan approved by city council on Monday. The Lohse’s hope to start construction in May, and have the grocery store built by January of 2014. The Lohse’s have also used some of their winnings to help fund a new stadium at Bondurant High School.