Back in April of 2012, an American woman in Maryland who worked at McDonalds claimed to hold one of the three winning tickets for a stupendous Mega Millions $640 jackpot.
This single mother of seven, Mirlande Wilson, was a Haiti immigrant who was employed at a Mickey D’s in Baltimore, Maryland at the time of the drawing.
It was announced in the media that three winning lottery tickets had been sold and MegaMillions officials confirmed that one of those tickets was sold at a 7-11 convenience store in Baltimore. This particular store was located a scant few blocks from the McDonalds where Mirlande Wilson worked.
About that Lottery Ticket
Ms. Wilson claimed to have sent a friend to purchase a lottery ticket for her from the 7-11 store in question. In fact, the ticket was sold only 4 hours before the drawing.
She said that the ticket matched all of the winning numbers and was entitled to split the massive $640 million jackpot with the other two winners. One winning ticket was sold in Kansas and one in Illinois.
Of course, nobody could dispute this alleged winner’s claim because there was no way of knowing exactly who held the ticket until he or she stepped forward.
So, was Ms. Wilson able to prove her claim, or not?
Winning Lottery Ticket: Yes or No?
Initially, shortly after going public with her claim to hold the third winning MegaMillions lottery ticket, Mirlande Wilson claimed to have stashed the ticket somewhere in the McDonalds restaurant where she worked.
“”I left my ticket there, and it’s somewhere safe that only I know about,” Wilson told the New York Post. “I’m waiting for things to calm down so I can go back to McDonald’s and get it. The people [at McDonald’s] are too excited. I want their heads to cool down before I go back.”
Her coworkers didn’t believe the claims.
“I don’t believe her. I didn’t believe her from the beginning, she’s always been strange,” an McDonalds employee told the New York Post on the condition of anonymity. “She’s an attention seeker. She likes to have all the attention on herself.”
A short two days after saying that she had the ticket hidden somewhere safe at the restaurant, Mirlande Wilson changed her story and announced that she had “misplaced” the winning ticket.
Finally, on Aril 10th, 2013, the true winners of the third winning ticket three Maryland school staffers stepped forward to claim their bounty. This effectively laid to rest any bogus claims of Ms. Wilson’s.
Why would anyone make up such a story?
Maybe it was a dream that got out of hand or maybe, as her coworkers said, she liked to be in the spotlight.
At any rate, this is only one of the many bizarre stories about lottery winners and losers.