Georgia lottery officials have identified the Mega Millions winner as Ira Curry of Stone Mountain. She will share the $636 million jackpot with an unidentified winner from San Jose, California. The jackpot was the second largest in the game’s history. Officially Curry won $318 million, but she will take home a cool $123 million after taxes after deciding to take the lump sum payout.
Curry purchased her winning ticket in Buckhead at Gateway Newstand on the ground floor of the Alliance Center building at 3500 Lenox Road, across from Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. She worked in the building as vice president and property underwriting manager for Aspen Insurance.
Curry is a native of the Bronx, New York and is a wife, a mother of adult children and a grandmother. She has two sisters that live in a public housing complex in the Bronx that will likely be getting new addresses soon. Curry chose the numbers herself by picking family birthdays and throwing in the family’s lucky number seven.
The winning numbers from Tuesday night’s drawing were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
Apsen issued a statement to NBC News congratulating Curry on her amazing lottery win.
“Ira is a valued long-term employee with Aspen, and the entire Apsen 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.”