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Other News: Mega Millions Winner Says She Stashed the Winning Ticket at McDonalds (Video)

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Daily Mail..

(kinda lengthy, but please read this crazy story..smh)

When you want to hide something, people often say you should put it where no one else would expect it to be.
So if you happened to have a winning lottery ticket worth more than $100million that 15 of your McDonald’s coworkers claim to own a share of, where else would you hide it but at McDonald’s?
Mirlande Wilson, 37, from Baltimore, Maryland, who claims to be one of the three lucky winners of Friday’s Mega Millions had previously refused to say where she had hidden her ‘winning ticket’, and would only reveal it was ‘some place safe’.

Now she has told the New York Post it is hidden somewhere in the McDonald’s restaurant where she works.
Meet Mirlande Wilson

Despite the fact her coworkers, who claim the ticket was among a pool they organized to split the jackpot, are out for her blood and are more than likely searching the Milford Mill branch from top to bottom for the golden ticket, Ms Wilson assures they will not find it.
I left my ticket there and it’s somewhere safe that only I know about,’ she told the Post, though revealed it was not in the company safe along with those bought for the workplace pool.
I’m waiting for things to calm down so I can go back to McDonald’s and get it. the people there are too excited. I want their heads to cool down before I go back.’
But the mother-of-seven’s coworkers aren’t so sure she’s telling the truth.
The manager at the branch said: ‘That’s impossible. She didn’t come back here.’
Another colleague told the Post: ‘I don’t believe her. I didn’t believe her from the beginning, she’s always been strange.
‘She’s an attention seeker. She likes to have all the attention on herself.’

unhappy co-workers

On her Facebook page, Ms Wilson has pledged to donate all of the winnings to rebuild her earthquake-ravaged native Haiti.
She wrote: ‘All my true friend know im not greedy a person i don’t want da money it made my life a living hell already im gonna give it all to rebuild haiti yall can chase all want my life and, my children it more important for money.’
Ms Wilson held her own news conference last night where a lawyer pleaded that his client ‘be allowed to return to a normal life’, according to Wsbt.com.

Mirlande's house where spectators were gathered

Lawyer Edward Smith Jr asked the media to leave his client alone. Ms Wilson said little, only confirming that she is originally from Haiti.
The attorney said the attention had caused his client’s blood pressure to spike. He said he was hired to protect her in case she was sued.
When asked if Ms Wilson had hidden her ticket inside the McDonald’s where she worked, the attorney said he did not know where the ticket was.

Ms Wilson told NBC she gave all of her coworkers the copies of the tickets for the pool and the winning ticket was not among them.
Instead she claims to have sent a friend to buy more tickets later that day and the winning one was among them.
McDonald’s don’t have nothing to do with this,‘ she insisted. ‘They don’t have nothing to do with – they don’t even know about it and they don’t even have nothing to do with this. It’s only us by ourself.”

Showing her proof of how she purchased the tickets to a reporter from NBC

Lottery executives said they cannot confirm who the lucky three ticket holders are in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois until they come forward.
Ms Wilson has yet to produce a ticket, leaving Mega Millions officials skeptical.
Stephen Martino, Maryland lottery director, told ABC: ‘We don’t know any more than the public or media does and it’s all speculation and we’re not going to get involved in that.’
Another official added: ‘It’s probably not this person.’

Winners in Maryland and Illinois have six months to claim the money – Kansas’s newest multimillionaire has up to a year.
Both Maryland and Kansas will allow winners to remain anonymous but the lucky ticket-holder in Illinois will be identified.
Ms Wilson had enraged her co-workers with claims of her scoop after she revealed to the New York Post that she was not planning on sharing the millions – despite the fact they had pooled their money for tickets.

Workers at the fast food outlet bought a number of tickets together for the biggest lottery in world history but Ms Wilson claimed she separately bought one of the three winning tickets.
‘We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,’ Wilson told The New York Post.

I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket,‘ she said as she and her fiancé left her home.
The Haitian immigrant claimed she had hidden the winning ticket and would present it to lottery officials yesterday.
But later she started to backtrack saying she wasn’t sure whether she had won or not.
‘I don’t know if I won. Some of the numbers were familiar. I recognized some of them,’ she said.
I don’t know why people are saying differently. ‘I’m going to go to the lottery office today. I bought some tickets separately.
With winning tickets also sold in Illinois and Kansas, a single Maryland winner would get an after-tax lump sum of $105 million, or $5.59 million a year for 26 years.
Wilson’s co-workers – who make little more than $7.50 an hour – are furious at her claims she bought the winning ticket with her own money.

store where the tickets were bought

She can’t do this to us!’ said Suleiman Osman Husein, a shift manager and one of 15 members in the pool.
We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!’
The group’s tickets – along with a list of those who contributed to the pool – were left in an office safe at the fast food outlet, said the man, who gave only his first name, Allen, as he stood next to Layla. She declined to comment.
Then, late Friday, before the night’s drawing, the owner of the McDonald’s, Birul Desai, gave Wilson $5 to buy more tickets for the pool on her way home from work, and she went back to the 7-Eleven and bought them, Allen said. Wilson took those tickets home with her, Allen said.

According to the Post, when she found out she had the winning ticket, she called co-workers and told them she – rather than they – had won.
‘I won! I won!’ she told a colleague.
McDonald’s worker Davon Wilson said he was there when Wilson called.

She said, “Turn on the news”. She said she had won. I thought it was a joke or something. She doesn’t seem like a person who’d do this,’ he said.
Allen told the Post he and Layla then went to Wilson’s home to question her about the winning ticket.
Though she first refused to come out, they banged on her door for 20 minutes until she finally relented.
‘These people are going to kill you. It’s not worth your life!’ Allen said he told her.
‘All right! All right! I’ll share, but I can’t find the ticket right now,’ she said, according to Allen.
A clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought the tickets said they believed it was a man who had bought the winning ticket and doubted that Wilson’s story was actually true after lottery officials reviewed the store’s CCTV footage.
Carole Everett said they had no information about the Maryland winner and whether it was a man or a woman who bought the winning ticket.

Peep the vid:

She said: ‘Right now, everything is just speculation and gossip.
Until someone comes through that door and hands over the winning ticket we will not know who the winner is.’
If Wilson won, and if it was with a pooled work ticket, the situation would be very similar to that of New Jersey man Americo Lopes, who was sued by his former colleagues after he claimed he was the sole winner of a $38.5 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
The five construction workers say they and Lopes were members of a weekly lottery pool, each person contributing $2 and Lopes would buy the tickets.
He claimed he played the lottery both by himself and as a member of the pool and that the winning ticket in the November 2009 drawing was one he bought for himself. Lopes chose the lump-sum payment option and received $24 million.


This is just a mess….do you believe her?? More as this develops…

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