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Stone Mountain Lottery Winner 'In State of Shock'

Ira Curry and her husband Talmer will collect $120 million after federal and state taxes are withheld.

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain is one two big winners in the Mega Millions jackpot. Credit: Facebook
Ira Curry of Stone Mountain is one two big winners in the Mega Millions jackpot. Credit: Facebook

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.”

Patch Editor Bob Pepalis contributed to this article

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Villa Libra December 19, 2013 at 08:14 AM
So, "Lucky Number 7" and family birthdays, that's all it took to win! At VillaLibra, we always say - get your own lucky numbers so you feel some personal connection to your entry. Seems to work...
Cedar December 19, 2013 at 08:54 AM
Congrats! Now just let it improve, not destroy, your and your family's lives.

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