Maryland Woman Claims Pooled Mega Millions Winner for Herself: “She can’t do this to us!”

Posted by on Apr 02, 2012 at 7:30 am
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Gee, we never saw this coming.

Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald’s into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie.

Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.

“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” McDonald’s “winner’’ Mirlande Wilson 37, told The Post yesterday, insisting she alone bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout.

“I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket,” the single mother of seven said as she and her fiancé left her home in the squalid Westport neighborhood to attend church.

The Haitian immigrant refused to show what she said was the winning ticket, claiming she had it hidden in another location and would present it to lottery officials today.

Pressed as the day went on, she became more cagey.

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.”

Sounds a little shifty, no? Needless to say, if you’ve got a group pool you need to have copies of the tickets and a signed list of those participating. Even then, this one sounds like she’d like to disregard something like that even if they did so.

Wilson’s co-workers — who make little more than $7.50 an hour — are sizzling with anger over the notion.

“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!”

A man identifying himself as the boyfriend of a McDonald’s manager named Layla, who was part of the pool, said Wilson bought tickets for the group at the 7-Eleven in Milford Mill, where the winning ticket was sold.

The group’s tickets — along with a list of those who contributed to the pool — were left in an office safe at the burger joint, said the man, who gave only his first name, Allen, as he stood next to Layla. She declined to comment.

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12 Responses to “Maryland Woman Claims Pooled Mega Millions Winner for Herself: “She can’t do this to us!””

  1. Underground Vulgarian on 2/02/12 at 10:35 am

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reportedly demanded Ms. Wilson’s resume.

  2. davidt on 2/02/12 at 2:28 pm

    Like James Caan said in The Way of the Gun, $656 million isn’t money, it’s a motive with a universal adapter.

  3. the wolf on 2/02/12 at 2:41 pm

    I think it’s completely plausible that she bought separate tickets for herself. But if you take the responsibility for group tickets, you shouldn’t, because this is exactly what will happen.

  4. Blue Hen on 2/02/12 at 4:16 pm

    [i]he group’s tickets — along with a list of those who contributed to the pool — were left in an office safe at the burger joint[/i]

    This may be far simpler than I first thought. In other office pools gone terribly wrong, the person who did the group buy had physical posssession of ALL of the tickets and then screwed over the group by claiming the money alone. In this case, the groups tickets are in the possession of the group. If she does have a winning ticket, and didn’t short the group a ticket, then the claim would be hers and hers alone. If I buy a dozen dounuts for the office and jam donut (see what I did there?) #13 into my face on the way in, I didn’t short anyone. If she provided ‘x’ amount of tickets, then she didn’t short anyone.

  5. rich b on 2/02/12 at 4:37 pm

    One would think that a Haitian immigrant, of all people, would appreciate the great life that can be had here in the USA and share the wealth which she appears to be scamming her fellow lotto partners out of.

    The only ones who are gonna collect any money here are the lawyers who will soon show up like flies on dead fish.

  6. chris on 2/02/12 at 9:42 pm

    If she was given money to buy X number of tickets & she bought X number of tickets AND put X number of tickets in the safe at McDonald’s AND she was left holding the winning ticket, then she owns the winnings (legally).

    Ethically and/or morally what she does, is up to her.

  7. Blue Hen on 5/05/12 at 9:31 am

    It’d be damn funny if it went back out in a happy meal. I’d laugh. I don’t think that she would though.

    Sadly, the whole staff is probably tearing the place apart as we speak.

  8. Jamessir Bensonmum on 7/07/12 at 2:00 am

    “”The winning ticket was a separate ticket,” the single mother of seven said…”

    Wow. Haitian immigrant. Single mother of 7. Welcome to America. I wonder if she receives any public assistance.

  9. DJB on 7/07/12 at 5:53 pm

    You are all idiots. She does not have the ticket. It is a”Bearer Instrument”… no tickee, no shirtee.