THE BRONX (PIX11) – One of two winners of the 648 million Mega Millions jackpot is originally from the Bronx, and at least one family member who still lives there, has run off to escape all the attention.
After taxes, 56-year-old Ira Curry, a married mom who now lives in Georgia, will wind up with about 120 million in cash.
The giant win sent Curry’s sister, Jalunda Baker-Price, running from her apartment in the Lambert Houses on East 179th Street—the same public housing complex where the siblings were raised by their single mother.
“Growing up here, we’ve been through so much, for that big change to come, who wouldn’t want to leave?” remarked neighbor Cherelle Barnes.
“We’re in the South Bronx, that’s how we live,” said close family friend Darryl Nickey. “You’ve got to work to get out of here. To be that lucky, you’ve got to believe in higher powers for that one.”
Curry bought her ticket at Gateway News in Atlanta. She came up with the winning numbers by combining family birthdays with their lucky number seven. She will split the jackpot with a California winner.