A Bronx native will take the money after she won half of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot — and her sisters back home say they’re going to run.
Georgia resident Ira Curry, 56, has come forward as one of the two winners who will take home a massive chunk of the lottery windfall.
Curry will take the cash option and, after taxes, will rake in about $120 million, Georgia Lottery Corporation president and CEO Debbie Alford said at a press conference from Atlanta on Wednesday.
“They were very, very excited about the win,” she said. “They’re still in a state of shock.”
Curry did not know of her win until this morning. She heard on the radio that the Mega Ball number was 7, the one she had picked, Alford said. Curry called her daughter, who read off the rest of the winning numbers through “joyful tears and laughter,” Alford said.
Helluva way to wake up…
But the payday, while spectacularly exciting, is sending her sisters scurrying from the spotlight — and the Boogie Down borough.
“I’m stunned,” Curry’s sister, Jalunda Baker Price, told the Daily News inside her first-floor apartment in Lambert Houses on E. 179th St. “It’s just really hitting me, like it’s really true.”
Curry, an insurance company underwriter, now lives in Stone Mountain, Ga. But her Bronx brethren — Price and another sister, Brenda Baker, who still live in the apartment they all moved into 40 years ago — played a part in her unexpected bonanza. The married mom bought one ticket, using a combination of Baker family birthdays and the family’s lucky number, seven.
They told The News they’re thrilled for Curry, but worried about the sudden attention. By Wednesday afternoon, the frantic sisters were making rushed plans to move, possibly even out of state.
“We’re happy, but look at where we live,” said Brenda Baker, motioning to the public housing building. “Our lives could be in jeopardy. It’s happy, it’s joyous, but we have to protect ourselves.”
They need to find a hotel to live in until Ira clears that check, there are probably some unsavory characters plottin’ a jack move as we speak.
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