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Atlanta woman claims share of $636M jackpot
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ATLANTA: One of two Mega Millions winners has come forward to claim her share of the $636 million jackpot, the second-biggest in U.S. lottery history.

A Georgia woman, Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, bought just one ticketat a tiny newsstand in Atlanta and used family birthdays and lucky No. 7 to choose her numbers in the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, lottery officials said.

California gives the winner a year to come forward, but one winner there is already known: Thuy Nguyen, who owns Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose, California. For selling a winning ticket, Nguyen gets $1 million, California Lottery officials said.

His counterparts in Georgia – Young Soo Lee and Young Lee, who own a Gateway Newsstand in northern Atlanta – get no bonus beyond the usual 6 percent commission on lottery sales, Georgia lottery officials said.

Nguyen told KNTV he doesn’t know who bought the winning ticket at his store, but it’s likely someone he knows – most of his customers are his friends. “I feel good! I don’t even know, I can’t sleep,” Nguyen told the station.

The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7. The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Twenty-two draws came and went without winners, Otto said.

Paula Otto, Mega Millions lead director, said $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday’s drawing. The winners can be paid over time or in a cash lump sum.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 20, 2013, on page 13.
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