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Georgia woman is owner of one of 2 Mega Millions winning tickets

The lottery balls roll around during the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, estimated at $636 million, in Atlanta, Georgia Decem
The lottery balls roll around during the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, estimated at $636 million, in Atlanta, Georgia Decem

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia woman was identified on Wednesday as the lone purchaser of one of two winning Mega Millions tickets sold for an estimated total jackpot of $648 million, state lottery officials said.

The winner, Ira Curry, played a combination of winning numbers that she said were based on family members' birth dates when she bought the ticket at an Atlanta newsstand, a lottery spokesman said. The purchaser of a second winning ticket sold in San Jose, California has yet to come forward.

(This version of the story corrects estimated size of jackpot to $648 million from $636 million)

(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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