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She wins Mega Millions with family birthdates

BIG WINNER: Ms Ira Curry, 56, claimed her share of the US$636-million Mega Millions jackpot on Wednesday.


    Dec 20, 2013

    She wins Mega Millions with family birthdates


    ONE of two Mega Millions winners came forward on Wednesday to claim her share of the US$636-million (S$803-million) jackpot, the second biggest in United States lottery history.

    Underwriter Ira Curry popped into the Georgia state's lottery headquarters holding her ticket with the lucky numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and Mega Ball 7.

    "It's unreal. It's like I'm still dreaming," Ms Curry, 56, who lives in an Atlanta suburb, said in a statement issued by the Georgia Lottery. The jackpot was US$20 million shy of the record US$656 million that was shared by three Mega Millions ticket holders in March last year.

    A state lottery official said Ms Curry had used the birth dates of family members when selecting her winning numbers. In lieu of an annuity, she opted for a single cash payout from the jackpot she'll share with a California ticket holder who has yet to come forward.