Ira Curry bought a lottery ticket on a whim while driving to work, picked all the right numbers in the Mega Millions game, and will soon collect a share of the $636 million jackpot.
Curry, 56, of Stone Mountain, told Georgia Lottery CEO Debbie Alford she used her family's birthdays to pick the numbers. She bought the ticket on Friday, Dec. 13 and chose the cash option, meaning she will collect about $120 million after federal and state taxes are withheld.
"I don't believe Ms. Curry believed that she won until I walked in and told her congratulations," Alford said. Curry and her husband Talmer did not participate in a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, but Alford said "they were very, very excited about the win. They’re still in a state of shock.”
Stone Mountain Couple Wins Mega Millions Lottery