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Ira Curry's sisters fear for their life: Georgia lottery winner's family talks

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Ask her sisters and they will tell you that their new millionaire sister Ira Curry had a rags to riches story straight out of a storybook when she became a Georgia lottery winner this week. And they think she is fortunate to look like Halle Berry, too. But they are worried about her new wealth and how it will impact them.

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Curry, along with her sisters Jalunda Baker Price and Brenda Baker, hail from a Section 8 public housing background, so they have seen crime up close and personal, and the two sisters are still living in that community. But not for long, as they now fear for their lives after their sister won the Mega Millions jackpot, according to the NY Daily News on Dec. 19.

...Look at where we live. We have to protect ourselves," one of the sisters said.

And so the two sisters of the latest Mega Millions Georgia winner are making plans to move, and they began doing it on Wednesday, after hearing about their married sister's good fortune. And that move may include leaving the state, just to be on the safe side. But it will be a big change for them, as their mother raised all of them in that West Farms community in the Bronx in New York.

Ira Curry isn't in a hurry to move right now, at least not into the limelight, as she refused to participate in a press conference about her big win on Wednesday, when she finally realized she had won and came forward. The 56-year-old wife of 74-year-old Talmer Curry says for her part she's happy but stunned about winning.

Security is likely uppermost in Ira's mind in spite of her happiness about being the latest millionaire in the Peach state. And she and her sisters are right to be concerned and to take precautions, especially when one considers the other lottery winners who have met with foul play after such windfalls. One of the saddest is the story of Abraham Shakespeare, who, like Curry, came from modest means and then became an overnight millionaire.

Shakespeare was killed and found buried in the back yard of a woman who befriended him after his win and was later convicted of embezzling his money and taking his life. That 2009 story is but one of many tales involving the tragedy that can befall someone who suddenly comes into a lot of money. And the sisters of the most recent Mega Millions lottery winner are afraid of what misfortune might befall them now that they have a rich sister too. And so they are wise to take precautions against that possibility.

Eager to have a millionaire problem yourself but you don't like to gamble? You can enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes for free. The most recent super prize being announced by the sweepstakes company is a $1 Million A-Year-Forever prize, which provides the same deal to a beneficiary of your choosing after you pass from this life to the next one to come. Now that sounds like a possible set up for a foul play situation. Does it not?

Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics.

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