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US lottery winner comes forward

One of the winners of the 636 million dollar (£388 million) Mega Millions prize has come forward, according to US lottery officials.

Georgia officials are set to identify the jackpot winner during a news conference in Atlanta later. They say the winner will not be in attendance.

The winning ticket was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in the city's Buckhead area.

A second winning ticket was sold at a gift shop in San Jose, California.

The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot is the second largest lottery prize in US history.

It started its ascent on October 4. Lottery officials say 22 draws came and went without winners.

AP

Lottery officials later identified the winner as Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, which is east of Atlanta.

She bought one ticket and chose the numbers herself, using family birthdays and her family's lucky number, which is 7.

Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford said Ms Curry is in a state of shock and that she plans to take the lump sum payout of 123 million dollars (£75 million) after taxes.

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