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Stone Mountain Woman is Georgia Winner of $648 million Mega Millions Jackpot
CNN ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jason Hanna and Chuck Johnston

Posted on 12/18/2013 1:33:59 PM PST by lbryce

A Stone Mountain woman has won half of the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history and has taken the cash option, which after taxes, will be about $120 million, Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford said Wednesday.

Ira Curry came to the lottery office with the winning ticket of hand-picked numbers, which were a mix of family birthdays and the lucky number 7. She did not appear at the afternoon lottery announcement in Atlanta.

Alford gave a few details about Curry, saying she is married and had her daughter check online for the winning numbers after a radio announcer mentioned 7 was the Mega ball number.

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That's some hunk of change. The inexplicable vagaries of destiny, fate.

From $648 million dollars if paid out over twenty years that includes interest earned to $120 million take-it-now-and-lose-it-all within a few years. The history of lottery winners who struck it big with hundreds of millions of dollars in winnings has not been a tale of living happily ever after. I don't know if there ever has been a winner who has retained a considerable amount of money having the discipline and foresight enough to sock it away before frittering it all within a few years and ending up bankrupt like most of them.

1 posted on 12/18/2013 1:34:00 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce; FreedomPoster
I know her! She's my long lost cousin, I swear!

(anyone got an address or phone number for her?)

2 posted on 12/18/2013 1:36:07 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: lbryce

There was more than one win, so it is really depreciated from $324 million. Even if you take the slow pay out, theer will be no end of offers to “borrow” against it.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 1:37:18 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: lbryce
I don't know if there ever has been a winner who has retained a considerable amount of money having the discipline and foresight enough to sock it away before frittering it all within a few years and ending up bankrupt like most of them.

I wonder how much of that is from the focus of the MSM. You'll never seen the headline "Lottery winner invests in tax-free municipal bond funds. Lives comfortable life." even when that happens. Instead they'll just jump the next winner who loses a briefcase full of cash at a strip club.

4 posted on 12/18/2013 1:37:57 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Dr. Sivana
That $120 million is before taxes that usually ends up taking about half.
5 posted on 12/18/2013 1:38:53 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

I love you, Debbie. I’ve always loved you!


6 posted on 12/18/2013 1:40:42 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: lbryce
That $120 million is before taxes that usually ends up taking about half.

Not according to the article:

"Curry's half of the cash option comes to $173 million, before taxes, officials said."
7 posted on 12/18/2013 1:41:20 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
This guy is more than willing to help her out


8 posted on 12/18/2013 1:42:53 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: lbryce

We invested in this Lotto and if we had won, our names would never have been made public. I don’t know if I would told anybody.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 1:43:09 PM PST by Ditter
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To: lbryce

It says the $120 million is after taxes. I heard the lump sum payout before taxes was in the $160-$170 million range.


10 posted on 12/18/2013 1:43:32 PM PST by Stevenc131
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To: lbryce
I don't know if there ever has been a winner who has retained a considerable amount of money having the discipline and foresight enough to sock it away before frittering it all within a few years and ending up bankrupt like most of them.

I saw a TV program about a year ago which did feature several people who actually did properly manage their winnings over long periods of time. Many used it to start businesses, or invested wisely, and generally did the right thing.

I (not that I ever even buy lottery tickets) would take the lump sum, as I don't trust the state to keep paying all those years (I fully expect them to somehow raid the funds one of these days).

11 posted on 12/18/2013 1:43:50 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Ditter

In some states you must submit your name if you win.
Sucks.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 1:44:47 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: lbryce
Well, sure, it sounds like a lot of money now, but just wait until after she buys her Obamacare policy.
13 posted on 12/18/2013 1:45:16 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: lbryce
This woman is an idiot. To come out so publicly the day after the drawing is just plain stupid. She is going to have people coming out of the woodwork to try and get some of that money.

The people that are ruined after winning the lottery are usually irresponsible dolts before they won. The money just makes it worse.

14 posted on 12/18/2013 1:47:07 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Ditter

Wife and I talked about it and I don’t think we would have said a word to anyone.

Bought a ranch out west and decided to retire early is what we would have told people, we both mentioned several relatives who would have been tearing our door down before the deposit was in the account.


15 posted on 12/18/2013 1:47:07 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

16 posted on 12/18/2013 1:47:36 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: KarlInOhio
You'll never seen the headline "Lottery winner invests in tax-free municipal bond funds. Lives comfortable life." even when that happens. Instead they'll just jump the next winner who loses a briefcase full of cash at a strip club.

In Rockford, IL, someone with a sizeable (but not massive) winning decided to set up a Quizno's on Harrison Ave. It would have been a reasonable investment, but the construction in widening the road kept it from getting established. Last I checked it was a sausage joint or something like that.
17 posted on 12/18/2013 1:47:50 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Hoodat; AnAmericanMother; Broker; clee1; ctdonath2; dansangel; Dick Bachert; DJlaysitup; epow; ...

Can any of you help Hoodat contact his long-lost cousin?

I heard the ticket was sold in Buckhead.

GA Freeper ping.


18 posted on 12/18/2013 1:49:13 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: KarlInOhio

Put a new roof on the trailer, Margaret!!!


19 posted on 12/18/2013 1:49:19 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RandallFlagg
That does suck! Could you get your lawyer to collect it for you?

2nd question: Could you have gotten it away from your lawyer?

20 posted on 12/18/2013 1:49:48 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Rodamala

Great, now I’ll have that d*mn song in my head all night...


21 posted on 12/18/2013 1:50:06 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: lbryce

I always find it fascinating that we cheer for such a random jackpot winner.

But someone who makes it rich by hard work and ingenuity? Too many Americans resent that success story, I imagine because it makes them feel more like failures for not having done the same than does the lottery winner.


22 posted on 12/18/2013 1:53:02 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lbryce

In Canada, lottery winnings are tax exempt. There was a story earlier this week of a now retired Calgary businessman who won a $40 million prize earlier this year. He is donating the whole amount to charity, likely the Canadian Cancer Society and the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic in Calgary. Here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-lotto-winner-tom-crist-to-give-40m-prize-away-1.2466610


23 posted on 12/18/2013 1:53:10 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: lbryce
The history of lottery winners who struck it big with hundreds of millions of dollars in winnings has not been a tale of living happily ever after...

And the history is still being written on all the Detroit public servants with hundreds of millions in pension dollars (ie, Union winnings), and how that payout will turn out...

24 posted on 12/18/2013 1:54:31 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: FreedomPoster

I got the mega ball and one number...


25 posted on 12/18/2013 1:55:07 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Abathar

I would have first moved to Texas or Guam or some other state that has no income tax before telling anyone I won money.


26 posted on 12/18/2013 1:55:37 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

The Georgia Lottery Corp. is required, by statute, to comply with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, a prize winner’s name, city, county, and state of residence, and the amount of the prize won shall be regarded as matters of public record.


27 posted on 12/18/2013 1:55:58 PM PST by BIV (typical white person)
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To: Hoodat
I know her! She's my long lost cousin, I swear!

Wasn't she your twin sister, separated at birth at the hospital and take by the Gypsies?

28 posted on 12/18/2013 1:58:19 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: tet68

That and sixteen cents will get you a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts ( senior discount,of course)


29 posted on 12/18/2013 1:59:56 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: 9YearLurker

I think most people are realists who know that the only way they could ever live a lifestyle like that is to have it given to them, perhaps acknowledging deep down inside that they will never have the brains or the drive to become wealthy by any other means.

Frivolous lawsuits are another quick way for many dreamers.

Little Orphan Annie getting adopted by Daddy Warbucks back when that cartoon was popular played on exactly the same thing.


30 posted on 12/18/2013 2:01:00 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: TigersEye

me too


31 posted on 12/18/2013 2:01:07 PM PST by woofie
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To: Dr. Sivana

Out of $324 Million she gets 120 Milllion. The Government gets more than she does. Not a bad scam for the Government.

When the mafia ran the numbers they didn’t steal near that much. In fact I always got paid the whole amount.


32 posted on 12/18/2013 2:01:34 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: BIV

Yep. Just what I thought.
Colorado has something similar.


33 posted on 12/18/2013 2:02:00 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Hoodat

If you bought the ticket in your home state then keep dreaming, they would be after you within minutes when they see your moving date for back taxes.


34 posted on 12/18/2013 2:05:05 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: lbryce
"Winning the Mega Millions is akin to getting struck by lightning at the same time you're being eaten by a shark," said Todd Northrop, founder of Lotterypost.com

Or Obama taking blame...Well OK, maybe those odds are a little *too* astronomical.

35 posted on 12/18/2013 2:05:58 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: lbryce

Gambling used to be considered a vice.


36 posted on 12/18/2013 2:06:04 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: tet68

I got one number. I’ll still play, though.
If I happen to win big?
This country will change for the better.
(I got’s idears)

;-)


37 posted on 12/18/2013 2:07:26 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
I would have no difficulty saying "no" to moochers, particularly strangers.

In fact, I'd relish the opportunity.

38 posted on 12/18/2013 2:07:46 PM PST by daler
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To: tet68
I got the mega ball and one number...

I don't know if different states have different lower level payouts, but in Ohio that would be worth $2. Assuming that they are on the same line. Even if they aren't, the mega ball alone would be worth $1.

39 posted on 12/18/2013 2:09:15 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: lbryce

There was a story recently about a guy who won $10,000,000. Gave every dime away.


40 posted on 12/18/2013 2:10:08 PM PST by DManA
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To: Ditter

I would be scared to win that much.


41 posted on 12/18/2013 2:20:39 PM PST by funfan
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To: Cementjungle

“I saw a TV program about a year ago which did feature several people who actually did properly manage their winnings over long periods of time. Many used it to start businesses, or invested wisely, and generally did the right thing.”

My next door neighbor won the lottery 14 years ago. He won 3 million dollars. He chose the lump sum payment, which after taxes came to around 960 thousand dollars as I understand it. He was pissed because he thought that lump sum payment meant that he would get the full 3 million. Still, he put the money to good use renovating and expanding his small house and starting up his own business (a plumber). He seems to be doing very well for himself. The only luxury that he bought, that I know of, is an inground swimming pool in his backyard.


42 posted on 12/18/2013 2:21:05 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: woofie

I love her more. A $million$ times more! ;^)


43 posted on 12/18/2013 2:24:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: lbryce

I live in Stone Mountain. There goes the neighborhood.


44 posted on 12/18/2013 2:26:19 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: funfan

At least two winners have been murdered :(


45 posted on 12/18/2013 2:27:06 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SpaceBar
Well, whenever the government sees a lot of money being made and no way to get its grubby hands on it, they'll invariably proceed to have it legalized, such was how the State lotteries were born and for that matter the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealing the 18th.

The lotteries offer governmental access, take on big chunks of money, the States' running the lotteries earning hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery schemes and the Federal government on their share of taxes as well.

This all started when it was noticed how much money small times hoods were taking in on their daily numbers game.

And most demonstrative of all was the repealing of the 18th Amendment that criminalized the use of alcoholic beverages ushering in Prohibition. Prohibition was repealed when the Feds realized how much money criminals were raking in an no process for the government to share in on it.

46 posted on 12/18/2013 2:29:01 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lacrew
I read a story about a Florida lottery winner, an African-American truck driver having won $13 million. The lawyer he approached to help manage his winnings was a white woman who married then killed the unfortunate lottery winner hoping to get her hands on the winnings. But she, too, ended up victim of the lottery curse.
47 posted on 12/18/2013 2:32:33 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
I live in Stone Mountain. There goes the neighborhood.

Yup. Yer doomed...
48 posted on 12/18/2013 2:37:29 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: funfan

I think I would have a heart attack if the numbers ever all matched mine.


49 posted on 12/18/2013 2:38:03 PM PST by Ditter
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To: lbryce

She’s sounds like she has her head straight. Best wishes.


50 posted on 12/18/2013 2:39:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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