On Wednesday, a woman from Georgia claimed half of the recent Mega Millions jackpot worth of $648 million. Debbie Alford, the Georgia Lottery President, confirmed the news.
The 56-year-old woman named Ira Curry came to the lottery office with the winning ticket. She opted for the cash option, meaning that she will get nearly $120 million after deducting the taxes.
Alford said that Curry bought the ticket at the end of Friday, the last day of buying the tickets. Tuesday’s drawing produced two winning numbers. Officials said that except Georgia’s 6 percent and federal 25 percent taxes, Curry’s half of the cash option was $173,819,742.50. She will get $119,935,622.32 after deducting the taxes.
Alford said that they would hand over the check to Curry within one or two weeks.
The second winning ticket was sold in California’s San Jose.
With the Mega ball number 7, the winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39.