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Someone is about to have a VERY Merry Christmas. 54-year-old Atlanta resident Ira Curry is now $120 million dollars richer after using family birthdays to pick the numbers for her winning Mega Millions lottery ticket.  The wife and mother became one of the lucky winners who will split the over $600 Million Mega Millions.

“It’s unreal … like I’m still dreaming,” she told lottery officials Wednesday after hearing her family’s numbers announced. Curry bought her winning ticket at Gateway Newsstands on the ground floor of the Alliance Center building across from Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Her employer (or soon to be former we’re guessing) Apsen Insurance  issued a statement to NBC News congratulating Curry on her win.

“Ira is a valued long-term employee with Aspen, and the entire Apsen team is thrilled for her and her family,” the statement read. “It could not have happened to a nicer person, and we are excited for her good fortune.”

Congratulations to Ira Curry and her family. We have only one piece of advice for you–pay your taxes!



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