She was in state of 'disbelief'

UNITED STATES - After claiming her share of the US$636 million (S$806 million), Mrs Ira Curry has gone into hiding.

The 56-year-old claimed one of the two winning tickets - the second largest lottery jackpot in US history - which netted her US$120 million.

She went to the lottery headquarters in Atlanta on Wednesday to claim the prize, the New York Daily News reported.

"She said she was just in a state of disbelief," Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford was quoted as saying.

Mrs Curry's sisters, Jalunda Baker Price and Brenda Baker, were equally surprised.

They told the Daily News that they were packing up and leaving their home in the Bronx, New York, to avoid the spotlight.

On Thursday, nobody answered their phone at home - an apartment the three sisters moved into four decades ago.

At Mrs Curry's two-storey home in Stone Mountain, a suburb just north-east of Atlanta, there was nobody at home that day.

Packages sat on the doorstep.

A silver Mercedes and a black Nissan Maxima were parked in the driveway, near the family's basketball hoop.

It has served as a gathering spot for neighbourhood children, residents said.

Neighbours thrilled

Neighbours said they were thrilled for the benevolent woman and her husband, Talmer Curry.

They said the couple had big hearts before they won one of the biggest lottery prizes.

Miss Kaliah Ladler, 18, recalled how Mr Curry took her and her brother in when they were locked out of their home.

The husband gave them something to eat and allowed them to stay until their mother came home.

"It's a blessing," she told the Daily News. "When you do a lot of good, some comes back in return."

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