Georgia's Mega Millions jackpot winner comes forward
Mega Millions announcement at Georgia Lottery Corp. headquarters
Owners of Gateway Newstand where winning Mega Millions ticket was sold
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Georgia has a new multi-millionaire. Her name is Ira Curry. The 56-year-old is the state's Mega Millions jackpot winner. Curry came forward Wednesday afternoon with her winning ticket.
The winning Mega Millions ticket was bought at Gateway Newstand in Buckhead. Curry, of Stone Mountain, bought one ticket at the last minute and she picked the numbers herself.
"They were a combination of family birthdays and her family's lucky number, 7," Debbie Arnold, Georgia Lottery Corp. President said.
Curry realized she won Wednesday morning, when she heard on the radio the Mega Ball was 7.
"She woke up her daughter, she checked the numbers, and sure enough they were the big Mega Millions winner for Georgia," Arnold said.
People have stopped in to congratulate the owners of the Newstand, where Curry bought her winning ticket.
"It come from our store, it's so exciting," owner Young Lee said.
Mega Millions rolled over 21 times to reach the whopping $636 million dollar jackpot. Earlier this year the lottery increased the pool of numbers from 56 to 75. The idea was to have fewer winners with bigger payouts, and it worked. This is the second highest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
"You can buy a yacht, you can buy a plane, you can buy four homes," Brittany Sager said.
"That's a lot of money," quipped James
Curry went for the cash option, and after splitting the jackpot with a California winner and after taxes, she'll take home $120 million.
"She's in a state of disbelief, and after talking to her for a few hours this afternoon, she certainly was in a state of disbelief," Arnold said.
Curry told lottery officials she'll take some time to decide what she wants to do with the money. She should get her winnings in a week or two.
There were also two second place winners in the state who will each take home a million bucks.
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