First Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will take home $120M
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 3:27 PM CST
A clerk prepares to operate a lottery machine to print out Mega Millions lottery tickets for a customer in Muncie, Ind.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – The first of two Mega Millions winners has come forward: Georgia lottery officials say Ira Curry of Stone Mountain is the winner in their state, and she's opted for the cash option of about $120 million after taxes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Curry, who did not appear at the state's afternoon press conference, will split the $636 million jackpot with a still-unidentified winner in San Jose, Calif.

For the record, Curry used family birthdays, along with what she called the family's lucky number of 7 for the Mega Ball spot. She did not, however, relay any of her plans for her newfound riches. A state lottery exec described her as being in a state of shock, reports AP. The winning Georgia ticket was sold at a newsstand inside an office building in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, reports CNN. (Read more Mega Millions stories.)

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