Ira Curry: Georgia Mega Millions Winner To Claim $173.8 Million

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    Originally posted on News One:

    Ira-Curry

    Georgia lottery officials said a Mega Millions winner came forward today to claim her share of the $636 million jackpot.

    Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, Ga., is $318 million richer and is one of two lucky ticket holders who will split the second largest jackpot in the game’s history.

    Lottery officials said Curry purchased the ticket in Atlanta at Gateway Newstand and chose the numbers herself by picking family birthdays and throwing in the lucky number seven.

    Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford said Curry, who has so far stayed out of the spotlight, plans to take the lump sum payout, a cool $123 million after taxes.

    A second winning ticket was sold in San Jose, Calif., at Jenny’s Gift Shop, California lottery officials said. That person has not yet come forward.

    The winning numbers from Tuesday night’s drawing were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.

    The $636 million jackpot grew…

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