Georgia Megamillions Winner Comes Forward

December 22nd, 2013   ·   Add Your Comment Now...

Lottery officials in Georgia have announced that a winner has come forward with a claim to half of a $636 million Megamillions jackpot.  The winner was identified a Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, who used a number combination that contained family birthdays and her lucky number seven.

Curry, who bought her ticket at Gateway Newstand could choose to receive the full amount of $318 million, but plans to opt for a one time payment of $123 million net of taxes.

The jackpot’s rise can be attributed to a change in rules which made it harder to win the jackpot but increased the prize amounts, increase in sales due to a price increase implemented by rival Powerball lottery, and 22 consecutive draws without a winner.

Read more in http://abcnews.go.com/US/georgia-mega-millions-winner-forward-claim-share-636m/story?id=21267500

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