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The “Big Six” Hit Big With Mega Millions

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Group of Machinists - Mega Millions

Six Central Wholesalers Employees Claim Mega Millions Prize.

Group of Machinists Split $250,000 Second-Tier Mega Millions Prize

Though tired after getting off work at five o’clock this morning, six Central Wholesales co-workers from Laurel made their way to Lottery Headquarter to claim their $250,000 Mega Millions prize. To say they were excited is an understatement.

Dubbed the “Big Six” by group member, 38-year-old, Jerry Nyamadi, winners also included 50-year-old, T. McKinney; 42-year-old, Ralph Jackson; 32-year-old, Manuel Andersol; 29-year-old, Adarias Frazier; and 28-year-old, Daniel Roberts.

“We almost didn’t play that day,” said Nyamadi. He said it was McKinney who urged them to buy tickets for Tuesday night’s drawing and they eventually agreed. Members of the group vary for each drawing, but the lucky six just happened to be in the vicinity when Nyamadi was collecting money.

McKinney was the first to receive news of the win. “My wife actually called me and told me the numbers matched,” he said. “When I got to work, I told the group, but no one believed me until I showed them the winning numbers on the website.”

“It still has not sunk in,” said Roberts, who has a baby boy on the way–literally. “My girlfriend called this morning to say she was having contractions.”

The “Big Six” have various plans for their winnings. Roberts is going to use some for his new arrival. Jackson and Andersol may buy a car. Nyamadi will take a cruise and contribute to his church. “I’m going to splurge,” said Frazier with a big smile.

All concurred that they will enjoy peace of mind and that some of their winnings will go toward bills and savings. Group members will receive approximately $27,000 after taxes. The winning ticket was purchased at Pete’s Liquors located at 13462 Baltimore Avenue in Laurel.

  • keepsmilen

    Looks like a great bunch of guys !  Congrats fellas !

  • Anonymous

    Hey, don’t one of you owe me some money or something?

  • Keets17

    congrats….its good to see locals win… gives faith in the system. St Jude Pray for us.

  • Harleymembers

    way 2 go guys!! I work in a restaurant and a group of us play every week!! Hope we win like you all did ~ Congrats!!!

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  • I am glad some hard working men who believe in working and not playing around in the street. God has prospered you to have the
    money you have won. Bless him and give him praise…

  • Deale Eboni

    Congratulations everybody!!! And continue 2 think BIG. BE BLESSED & KNOW THAT GOD LIVES!!!! AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS!!! confirmation; miracles do happen!!!

  • Anonymous

    Dianesphotogallery: The winning ticket was purchased in Laurel.

  • Dianesphotogallery

    Were the tickets purchased in Baltimore?

  • Nicholas Hayes77

    Congrats to the big 6. The agency that I work for gives Central a lot of business. It’s always good to hear when local lottery players hit.

  • Robinhood2828

    Thats just great you guys and I know you will never forget this day and will not ever for get the moment I will not give up until I hit somebodies jackpot and then I to can shaaare it with the wooorld to!

  • Dhicks1962

    Good for them.  I will be glad when the lottery lets 5718 come out…Those balls have jumped all around that number. 

  • Fiveseven1

    Way to go Guys.  Congrats.

  • Thommed1104

    Happy 4 U all


                    happy    HAPPY for    you  GUYS

  • B A D

    i’m glade to hear that one person is giving back to God, whom all are blessings come from!

  • T.H.Byrd

    Congratulations, guys! Very happy for “THE BIG SIX”! I live in Laurel so it’s nice to see the home team win one!

  • Maria

    congrats!!!! Enjoy your winnings.