Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ATLANTA – Call it “The Ultimate Pool Party!” A group of 25 assembly line workers from a Honda manufacturing plant near Birmingham, Ala., matched the first five winning numbers from the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing held March 30.
The lottery pool, dubbed “The Lucky 25,” won a $250,000 second prize. They were one of six Georgia Lottery players to win a quarter-million dollars in the drawing.
The prize was split equally among the 25 winners.
“Just the thought of accepting a check to spend from contributing $10 is exciting,” said pool member Wanda McClellan of Anniston, Ala.
The majority of the workers who contributed to the pool work second and third shift on Honda’s Powertrain engine assembly line in Lincoln, Ala.
Bartholomew Lawson of Birmingham created the pool with Brinkley Smoot of Talladega, Ala., in 2011, but the pool has played only four times, including twice during the historic Mega Millions roll.
Lawson purchased the lucky Quik Pik at Love’s Travel #0311, 523 Atlantic Ave. in Waco.
“You can see the love we have here,” he said, noting that the store’s name was the reason he purchased tickets there. “We’ve been working together 10-plus years.”
Winning numbers from the March 30 Mega Millions drawing were: 2-4-23-38-46 and the Mega Ball was 23.
Members from the pool who claimed at Georgia Lottery’s headquarters in Atlanta Monday were: Bartholomew Lawson, Jackie Roberts, Darius Gaston and Brittany Hughes of Birmingham, Ala.; Brinkley Smoot Jr., Curtis Bishop and George Ashy of Talladega, Ala.;
Lavon Bonner and Ben Bolton III of Gadsden, Ala.; Natalie Howard and Wanda McClellan of Anniston, Ala.; Nellsena Tolbert and Marlene Morgan of Fairfield, Ala.; Alexander Erwin of Sylacauga, Ala.; Neeley Fennie Jr. of Alexander, Ala.; Marcus Forman of Pell City, Ala.; Gaynelle Sturkie of Choccolocco, Ala.; Cathy Hale of Sycamore, Ala.; Brenda Garrett of Alpine, Ala.; Gary Parker of Leeds, Ala.; Robert Byars of Albertville, Ala.; Larry Gibb Jr. of Weaver, Ala.; Dwight Elston of Lincoln, Ala.; and Lois Heard of Waverly, Ala.
Alexander Erwin of Sylacauga notified the other members of the pool following the drawing when he checked the Georgia Lottery’s website.
“I was excited,” he said. “I looked at each number, and every time I looked the more excited I got.”
Several members said they’ll use their winnings to pay off bills or go shopping.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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