Stone Mountain, Georgia Woman Is One Winner Of $648 Million Mega Millions Jackpot, Highlight Hollywood News

A Stone Mountain woman has won half of the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history and has taken the cash option, which after taxes, will be about $120 million, Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford said Wednesday. Ira Curry came to the lottery office with the winning ticket of hand-picked numbers, which were a mix of family birthdays and the lucky number 7. She did not appear at the afternoon lottery announcement in Atlanta.

 

Alford gave a few details about Curry, saying she is married and had her daughter check online for the winning numbers after a radio announcer mentioned 7 was the Mega ball number.

 

 

Two tickets matched the winning numbers in Tuesday night’s $648 million jackpot. Curry’s half of the cash option comes to $173 million, before taxes, officials said.

Curry bought her winning ticket in Atlanta at a Gateway Newstand in the lobby of an office building near the city’s Buckhead community; the other ticket was sold in San Jose, California, lottery officials said.

 

 

“(Curry) had the radio on, and the announcer was talking about the Mega ball, which was seven,” Alford said. So Curry called her daughter and “between tears of joys and laughter,” the daughter relayed to her mother that she’d won, the lottery president said.

 

 

Curry told Alford, “I was in a state if disbelief. I still didn’t believe it when my daughter told me,” Alford said.

 

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states — all but Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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