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Georgia lottery winner: One of two $648M Mega Millions winner claims prize

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A Georgia lottery winner was one of two winners who came forward Wednesday after Tuesday night's drawing of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot. NBC News reports Dec. 18 that the lottery officials identified the Georgia winner as Ira Curry, 56, from Stone Mountain.

Lottery officials said in a statement that Curry is still in disbelief that she won the millions.

Curry will share the $648M prize with someone who bought the other winning ticket sold in San Jose, Calif. That winner has not come forward yet.

The Georgia lottery winner apparently purchased her Mega Millions ticket as a last-minute decision and used a series of numbers for family birthdays and used the family's lucky number, seven, as the Mega Ball number. That was the Mega Ball number for the $648M.

Curry is taking the lump sum payment and will be taking home around $120 million after federal and state taxes.

Curry is a worker from Aspen Insurance.

Her employer issued this congratulatory statement:

"Aspen Insurance congratulates Ira Curry, a vice president based in Atlanta, on winning yesterday's Mega Millions jackpot. Ira is a valued long-term employee with Aspen, and the entire Aspen 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."

The Georgia lottery winner purchased her Mega Millions ticket at an office-building newsstand in Atlanta. Jenny’s Gift & Kids Wear in San Jose sold the other winning ticket.

The Mega Millions Dec. 17 numbers drawn were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and Mega Ball 7.

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