Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Lottery officials say a Georgia woman has one of the two winning tickets to the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest in U.S. history.
Lottery officials identified her as Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, which is east of Atlanta. Officials say she bought one ticket and chose the numbers herself, using family birthdays and her family's lucky number, which is 7.
Curry did not attend the news conference. The other winning ticket was sold at a gift shop in San Jose, Calif.
The winning ticket in Georgia was sold at a newsstand in Buckhead, a financial center of Atlanta.
Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford says Curry is in a state of shock and that she plans to take the lump sum payout of $123 million after taxes.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.
Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto says the lucky Georgia ticket in Tuesday's drawing was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in the affluent Buckhead area. Owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning at the shop, off the beaten path to the public and frequented by workers from the Alliance Center office building.
The California ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose.
The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball 7.
The jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Otto says 22 draws came and went without winners.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)