Meet Ira Curry (pictured above). Curry is a 56 year old wife, mother of adult children and a grandmother who neighbors in her upper middle class subdivision in Stone Mountain (an Atlanta suburb) refer to as “sweet” and guess what… she’s now a ‘sweet’ millionaire after claiming her share of last week’s $648 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot!
Ira Curry is now $120 million dollars richer after using family birthdays to pick the numbers for her winning Mega Millions lottery ticket. And the family’s lucky number ( 7 ) was used for the all-important Mega Ball.
Curry chose the numbers 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, along with lucky No. 7, officials said.
Curry collects the largest single win in Georgia history and will split the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history, which totaled roughly $648 million, with winners in San Jose, Calif., lottery officials said.
“It’s unreal … like I’m still dreaming,” she told lottery officials Wednesday after hearing her family’s numbers announced.
Curry did not attend the Georgia Lottery press event announcing the win on Wednesday and has made an effort to remain out of the media spotlight.
When a call was placed to her home Wednesday evening, a man answered and said, “We don’t want any publicity.”
Neighbor Francis Boudreaux said the Currys had lived for the past five years in the Reserves at Water’s Edge subdivision near Stone Mountain, where tax records shows homes there originally sold for near $300,000.
“They’re really sweet people,” Boudreaux said. “I’m happy for them. I’m going to miss them.” Asked why he would miss them, Boudreaux said he expected them to move now that their lives had changed. “I wouldn’t stay here,” he said. (source)
Curry bought her winning ticket at Gateway Newsstands on the ground floor of the Alliance Center building across from Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.
Congratulations to the Curry family! Hopefully they secured a good financial adviser on prior to cashing that lottery check.