Still holding onto hope that you are going to be the Mega Millions winner? Well, your dreams will now be crushed because one of the hundred million dollar winners has officially stepped forward.
Ira Curry, 56, of Stone Mountain, Ga. has come forward as one of the two lucky people who have instantly rose to millionaire status overnight after hitting it rich in the Mega Millions jackpot drawing.
Curry will take the cash option, and after taxes, will rake in about $120 million, Georgia Lottery Corporation president and CEO Debbie Alford said at a press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday.
“They were very, very excited about the win,” she said. “They’re still in a state of shock.She went on to add, “Curry did not know of her win until this morning. She heard on the radio that the Mega Ball number was 7, the one she had picked. Curry called her daughter, who read off the rest of the winning numbers through joyful tears and laughter.”
Curry currently works as an underwriter at an insurance company. She is married and has at least one daughter. She only bought one ticket, on Friday, using a lucky combination of family birthdays and the family lucky number, 7.
She did not opt for a “quick pick,” a computer-generated combination of numbers that many often buy.
Records show Curry and her husband, Talmer Curry, 74 filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 1994. Such a bankruptcy filing allows the debtor to repay debt in installments over a period of three to five years. The case was discharged in 1999, records show per nydailynews.com.
Curry will split the $636 million jackpot with an unknown winner in the San Jose, Calif., area. Curry came forward with her winning ticket around 11 a.m. but did not attend the press conference just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Mega Millions jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.