Georgia mom claims half of $636 Mega Millions jackpot prize

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – A mother of three from Stone Mountain came forward Wednesday to claim half of the $636 Mega Millions lottery jackpot she won.

Ira Curry, 56, opted for the cash payout of $120 million after taxes making her the largest single winner in the state’s lottery history. The winner of the other half of the jackpot from a ticket bought in San Jose, California has yet to come forward as of Thursday.

Curry used family birthdays to pick the numbers drawn on Tuesday–8, 14, 17, 20 and 39–according to Debbie Arnold, Georgia Lottery Corp. president said. The Mega Ball, number 7, was the Curry family’s lucky number, Arnold said.

Curry and her husband refused interviews and did not attend the Georgia Lottery press event announcing the win on Wednesday.

A neighbor described the Currys as five-year residents in the Reserves at Water’s Edge subdivision. The mother is a sweet person, Francis Boudreaux told

Curry works as an underwriter for an insurance firm at the Alliance Center building in Buckhead, She bought the ticket from a newsstand located at the ground floor of the same building.

Two other Georgia residents won $1 million each for their tickets matching the first five numbers of the Mega Millions jackpot.

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