$648 Mega Millions Lottery Has Two Winners


(Via US News)

A Georgia woman came forward Wednesday to claim half of the $648 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, the second-largest in American history. Lottery officials identified her as Ira Curry, 56, of Stone Mountain, an Atlanta suburb.

Curry bought one of two winning tickets for the drawing Tuesday night. The other was sold in California, but the winner did not immediately come forward.

Georgia lottery officials said that Curry bought only the one ticket, a last-minute decision, and played a combination of family birthdays and her family’s lucky number, seven — the critical Mega Ball in the drawing Tuesday night.

“She was just in a state of disbelief,” said Debbie Alford, the Georgia lottery president.

Curry’s employer congratulated her in a statement released Wednesday: “Aspen Insurance congratulates Ira Curry, a vice president based in Atlanta, on winning yesterday’s Mega Millions jackpot. Ira is a valued long-term employee with Aspen, and the entire Aspen team is thrilled for her and her family. It could not have happened to a nicer person, and we are excited for her good fortune.”

Curry selected a single-payment option, rather than an annuity, and will take home about $120 million after federal and state taxes, the officials said.

In other related news, Curry’s sisters are happy but fearful of their own lives after hearing the news. The two currently reside in the projects of Brooklyn, NY and plan to move as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Mrs. Curry and her family!