Skip to comments.Stone Mountain Woman is Georgia Winner of $648 million Mega Millions Jackpot
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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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.
(anyone got an address or phone number for her?)
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.
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.
I love you, Debbie. I’ve always loved you!
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.
It says the $120 million is after taxes. I heard the lump sum payout before taxes was in the $160-$170 million range.
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).
In some states you must submit your name if you win.
The people that are ruined after winning the lottery are usually irresponsible dolts before they won. The money just makes it worse.
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.
Can any of you help Hoodat contact his long-lost cousin?
I heard the ticket was sold in Buckhead.
GA Freeper ping.
Put a new roof on the trailer, Margaret!!!
2nd question: Could you have gotten it away from your lawyer?
Great, now I’ll have that d*mn song in my head all night...
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.
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
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...
I got the mega ball and one number...
I would have first moved to Texas or Guam or some other state that has no income tax before telling anyone I won money.
The Georgia Lottery Corp. is required, by statute, to comply with Georgias Open Records Act. Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, a prize winners name, city, county, and state of residence, and the amount of the prize won shall be regarded as matters of public record.
Wasn't she your twin sister, separated at birth at the hospital and take by the Gypsies?
That and sixteen cents will get you a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts ( senior discount,of course)
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.
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.
Yep. Just what I thought.
Colorado has something similar.
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.
Or Obama taking blame...Well OK, maybe those odds are a little *too* astronomical.
Gambling used to be considered a vice.
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)
In fact, I'd relish the opportunity.
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.
There was a story recently about a guy who won $10,000,000. Gave every dime away.
I would be scared to win that much.
“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.
I love her more. A $million$ times more! ;^)
I live in Stone Mountain. There goes the neighborhood.
At least two winners have been murdered :(
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.
I think I would have a heart attack if the numbers ever all matched mine.
She’s sounds like she has her head straight. Best wishes.