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Georgia Mega Millions jackpot winner comes forward

Dec 18, 2013, 5:45 pm

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ATLANTA, Ga. — It's the most wonderful time of the year for Ira Curry.  The Stone Mountain woman purchased one of two winning jackpot tickets in Tuesday's $648 million Mega Millions drawing.

She claimed her prize Wednesday morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters.

"It's unreal," said Curry, 56.  "It's like I'm still dreaming."

Curry purchased her lucky ticket at Gateway Newstand, 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta.  A second jackpot ticket was sold in California.

Curry selected the cash option, which amounts to $173,819,742.50 before taxes for each jackpot winner.  Georgia state income tax of 6 percent and federal income tax of 25 percent are withheld from prizes of more than $5,000 at the time the prize is claimed.

After final game sales were calculated, the jackpot increased from an advertised $636 million to $648 million.  The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Curry was driving Wednesday morning when she heard the retailer location and one of the winning numbers on the radio.  She asked her daughter to check her ticket and was stunned.

"I was calm because it was unbelievable," she said.

According to Curry, she hasn't had a chance to think about future plans.

Winning numbers from the drawing were 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39, with Mega Ball number 7.

Curry said the numbers are a combination of family birthdays. She added that seven is the family's lucky number.

She purchased only one Mega Millions ticket for the drawing.

The owners of the Gateway Newstand store that sold the winning ticket will receive no bonus for selling the winning ticket because of Georgia state lottery rules.

Stone Mountain is just outside Atlanta. The suburb is frequently referred to as the hometown of fictional TV character Kenneth Parcell, played by Jack McBrayer, on NBC's "30 Rock."

VIDEO: Watch a press conference clip

Georgia Lottery Corporation president and CEO Debbie Alford said at a press conference that Curry will take the cash option and, after taxes, will rake in $123 million.

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The No-System System
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Congrats to the very lucky winner. Spent $1.00 and became a multi-millionaire. Banana

    BuyLow's avatar - fd725949c52faf3bef0a9e377747408d -iphone-wallpaper-palm-trees.jpg
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    "She purchased only one Mega Millions ticket for the drawing"

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      its always a person who purchased ONE DANG ON TICKET

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        u$a
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        Congratulations Ira Curry & Family Spend WiselyParty

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          Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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          Wow, another big next day Jackpot claim. Just like Paul White a few months ago.

          Hopefully she has things in order as well. Best of luck to her!

          And yeah, the single ticket must be the secret. Like many things, if you try to force it,(like buying lots of tickets) it won't happen. Just buy 1, and let the jackpot come to you. I think I'll try that winning strategy next time. Wink

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            its always a person who purchased ONE DANG ON TICKET

            I always buy 1 ticket, well almost always, after this it will be always one !

             

            Or maybe I'll wait til the JP gets big, but it'll still be one ticket.

            Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

              majestic1070's avatar - batman47
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              I spent $27 and won $1

                mightwin's avatar - questns

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                Did she honestly think she had to come forward asap or she wouldn't get the prize. Some people don't think clearly.

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                  "Curry was driving Tuesday morning when she heard the retailer location and one of the winning numbers on the radio."

                  It's a lot easier to win when you hear some of the winning numbers the morning before the drawing.

                    mikeintexas's avatar - h87TsB4
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                    Wow, another big next day Jackpot claim. Just like Paul White a few months ago.

                    Hopefully she has things in order as well. Best of luck to her!

                    And yeah, the single ticket must be the secret. Like many things, if you try to force it,(like buying lots of tickets) it won't happen. Just buy 1, and let the jackpot come to you. I think I'll try that winning strategy next time. Wink

                    That sure was fast.  I imagine I'd be in a hurry to claim it, too, but I think it would take me at least a week to get things in order.

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                      Congrats to Ira!

                      Too bad the Georgia retailer will get no bonus for selling that ticket.  That stinks.  In California, the San Jose retailer is probably getting a $1,000,000 bonus. I think there's a 1% cap the jackpot retailer bonus.

                        Artist77's avatar - batman14

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                        Wow one ticket and she picked her own numbers!  Great job.  I hope she is lining up her various experts ASAP.

                        HALLELUJAH!!!


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                          Lol proof that buying A LOT of tickets is not beneficial at all whatsoever.

                          Our work pool got up to $135, and we won a total of $0.  I wish I were joking, but I'm not.

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                            I'm happy for Ira Curry and it's a blessing, but 2 things I disagree with which makes me wonder how this will unfold over the next 7 years, #1 she claimed her money to fast, I know she has no plans, no financial advisor did she even get an attorney, she didn't want to go public but didn't think to disable her Facebook before she claimed prize, so now she is public, #2 I believe that payments would have been a better option, but that's just me, may god bless and protect her!!

                            God is Able !!! Ephesians 3:20