Ira Curry, Mega Millions Winner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Ira Curry. (Facebook)

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, has come forward as one of the two winners of this week’s $648 million Mega Millions jackpot. The 56-year-old grandmother will split the second-biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

The other winning ticket was purchased in San Jose, California.

Here’s what you need to know about Ira:

1. She’s Taking the Lump Sum

Curry has elected to take the cash (lump sum) option, amounting to over $173 million. After taxes, she’ll take home about $120 million cash, which is enough money to buy 10 percent ownership of … Call us if you’re interested, Ira!

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This is how much 56 year old Ira Curry won in @GeorgiaLottery Mega Millions last night

— Chris Shaw (@ChrisShawFOX5) December 18, 2013

PHOTOS: Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Ira Curry

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2. She Staying Out of the Spotlight

Or at least she’s trying to. But we at Heavy believe the people deserve to vent their jealousy, scrutinizing the arbitrary good fortune of their fellow citizens. It’s the American Way!

She and her family were not on hand for the Georgia Lottery press conference, held this afternoon and hosted by Georgia Lottery Corporation President Debbie Alford. According to Alford, the Curry family is “very excited about the win” and “in a state of shock.”

Curry was driving this morning, when she heard on the radio that the Mega Ball number was 7 and the winning ticket was sold in Georgia. She immediately called her daughter to check her numbers, and nearly veered off the road when they were confirmed. Which should be a reminder to us all, it’s never safe to drive while talking on your cellphone and winning the lottery.

3. Her Lucky Numbers Had Special Meaning

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The numbers were a combination of family birthdays and the family’s lucky number, 7. She told lottery officials it was a “last-minute decision to buy” the ticket. She purchased it at a newsstand in the Buckhead financial center of Atlanta. She bought just one ticket.

The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball 7.

4. She Works in Insurance

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According to this LinkedIn profile, an Ira Curry from Stone Mountain is a vice president at Aspen Re, a reinsurance firm. The company’s website lists her as a property underwriting manager.

This Facebook profile of Ira Curry shows a woman with two friends who work or worked for the same company and several more friends who work in the insurance industry.


5. According to One Report, She Once Filed for Bankruptcy

The Daily Mail reports:

Public records show that in 1994 she and her husband Talmer, now 74, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy which gives individuals three to five years to pay off their debtors. It was discharged in 1999.

PHOTOS: Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Ira Curry

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  1. Ira I’ve sent you an email explaining my interest. This is a good profile of you and your family, thanks.
    I want to thank you for your offer of $850,000.00 donation. I am involved in warning the community of a recently new drug called cheese. It consist of black-tar heroin mixed with Tylenol aspirin. This drug is in Texas and has not made it’s way to the east coast and Atlanta area. It killed over 40 middle school age kids; and some of them are elementary aged also. They sneak it into school and sprinkle it on their food at lunch time.
    I am also involved in a ministry called “Awareness Outreach” featuring teens against drugs. With this money I can really promote and warn a lot of people about this new drug and get it on the news via Brenda Woods Channel 11; also I do other positive work in the community. I saw your profile in Facebook and I am very interested in meeting you. Here is the information on me you’ve requested:
    Name: Allen Nichols
    Address: 1354 Dodson Drive SW Atlanta GA 30311
    Direct Phone: 678-705-8472
    Cell Phone: 404-956-6926 ( hope to have cell phone back on in a week)

  2. Hi my name is olonda lewis and my address is 4031 windyrush drive apt#j mobile number 4045431528 I appreciate your offer of 850,000.00 i want to do so much for the community its good that you reach out to help out other people so i will do the same thing thanks

  3. Hi Ira congratulations on your winnings! I think is great you are sharing your foetune. I would really love to meet u and thank u in person for including me in such a great opportunity

  4. there are people using your name and the fact that you have been blessed with this money to try and scam people with some BS about giving them some of your winnings. i have saved the email that they have sent me should you and any authorities want to investigate these fake scamming people.

  5. I have been disabled due to car accident since I was 25. I am now 64. I try to live on $700 a month & $15 in food stamps, but I sometimes have to get payday loan just to buy food. I have worked part time when younger, but have been in pain all these years. I raised 2 sons during that time, with no help from father. My mom helped when she could, but not often. I am living in a 2 room apartment w/bathroom. Basically living room/kitchen combined & open space or bed. All my personal belongings are in storage as I have no room for them here. I pay $30 month to keep items such as family photo albums, record album collection w/stereo & family heirlooms (none of value). I do not have a car & have to find rides to grocery, Dr & other places. A disabled bus ticket is $37 per week, which I can’t afford. I really do not want to continue with this life. It is extremely stressful for a disabled person to go through on a daily basis. I would love to be able to take out my photo albums just to relive my heartfelt memories, if I had room here.

  6. Our 15-year old all-volunteer fresh food ministry in NE Florida is always in need of funding. The 75 & 72-year old founders (married 50 years) are needing to be able to fund salaries for an Operations person and an Administrator when they go “emeritus” – they will never really “retire” from helping others. Check us out at Oh how I hope this is not just an idle email…….

  7. Thanks for the offer, what would do with the money is help young teen to follow the right path in life and work harder to further their education,I love helping others,cause it’s a great feeling and God willing,thanks again from your friend Tha Kan and have a blessed day 😇

  8. I lost my job 1yr. And 8 month ago and could use a break I’m nit asking for a hand out just a hand up if you can help I can pay it back if it takes me the rest of my life thank you Terry

  9. Congratulations on your many blessings! Thank you for wanting to share your blessing with others! I would use the money on my daughter and grand baby ( on the way)! We have went without food, electricity, water and I don’t want the baby to go without! I would also like to buy a vacant building to use as apartments for people to live rent free for 6 moths to a yeAr to get back on their feet! Thank you so much!

  10. Thanks for following your instints about me. I have been victimed by my ex-husband (an ordained pastor whom I remained married fatefully to for 30 years. I sat under his ministry he pastored and supported the church by tithing, offerings, and time invested for fundraising, etc.) abandoned me in our new home we just purchased April 2006 in June 2007 stating “I ain’t gonna pay where I don’t stay”. He would not cooperate to sell or short sell our new home to prevent forclosure, and he remarried 30 days after the divorce was final March 2008. Thoughout the 30-year marriage to him he had committed numerous adulterous affairs, which I believed God had me to forgive them all and turned the other cheek every time. He earned the highest salary between the both of us, leaving me earning $34 thousand annually and with the obligation of all the bills accummulated between us both. I lost the house to foreclosure. To make a long story short, I felt like God had abandoned because I shouldered
    the financial responsibility, and what seems like all his sins until this present day. Every door I sought to open for assistance was closed. I now live in apartments I have been broken into 2 times out of 2 years of residency. I pray you are the answer to my prayers finally after 6 years and that the saying, What the enemy has stolen God shall replace 7 folds”, and God shall send me husband I was meant to be with– a man that loves his wife as Christ so loved the church, and gave himself for it (EPH 5:25). I’m still waiting, but confidence weakens more and more.

  11. Hi and thank you for your donation of 600,000. I was speechless when I read your email to me. I have always wanted to open a center for woman in crisis, and this donation would go a long way in helping those women. and their children. You can reach me at if you would like to further this discussion. God Bless you and yours, always, Terry L Sandifer.

  12. First i would like to congradulate on winning and would like to thank u for this oppertunity and i will pay it forward thank u

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