Mega Millions winner won’t share with McD’s co-workers

McDonald’s workers in Baltimore are serving Unhappy Meals today after a co-worker, who claims to have won a third of the world record $656 Mega Millions lottery jackpot, says she won’t be sharing.

Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, speaks to reporters outside a Baltimore 7-11 store where Wilson purchased tickets. (AP Photo)

Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, speaks to reporters outside a Baltimore 7-11 store where Wilson purchased tickets. (AP Photo)

The New York Post reports that Mirlande Wilson, 37, says she has a winning ticket, but that she bought it with her own money, not that of her co-workers, who had pooled their resources in an attempt to win the big Friday prize.

“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” Wilson told the Post.

Winning tickets were sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.

According to the article, Wilson ran the McDonald’s office pool that fateful day, getting $5 from 15 co-workers. She purchased the pool tickets and left them at the restaurant in a safe place, according to the article.

Just before closing shop Friday evening, however, the owner of the fast food restaurant says he gave Wilson another $5. Wilson bought more tickets after leaving work and took them home, but she claims the winning ticket was not purchased with the final $5 contribution.

After Wilson called in to work Saturday to say she’d no longer be peddling fried taters, a couple of co-workers went to her home and beat on the door until she answered.

“These people are going to kill you. It’s not worth your life!” said one after she opened the door.

As of Monday afternoon, no one had claimed the prize, worth an estimated $105 million after taxes.

Wilson may be fibbing. When pressed to produce the winning ticket she told the newspaper “I don’t know if I won. Some of the numbers were familiar. I recognized some of [them].”

The McDonald’s owner declined to comment except to say, “It’s all [BS], if you ask me. It’s speculation.”

* Read the New York Post article.

113 comments Add your comment

Bama14

April 2nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Karma is a buzzard. If she won, she should share with her co-workers.

Ghost

April 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Wow. It sounds like she’s full of it.

Also, this is a prime example of why when we play in the office pool, all concerned members have a copy of the tickets so this kind of confusion wouldn’t come up.

Blue Fender

April 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

Greed is like cocaine…it’s a powerful drug.

Pam

April 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

she will so be sharing that loot..

Karen

April 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

That’s why I play on my own….

gadem

April 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

she will share…the courts will see to that.

bledar

April 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

if it was me i would share it even if i had 1 million am happy with it :D i do not need that much having much money it’s not good!!! it makes you full of stress

My Two Cents

April 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

I also play on my own. Don’t trust anybody!

My Two Cents

April 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Don’t trust anyone with your money!

Norris

April 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

The courts just settled a similar case and the dude was made to share the jackpot. If she is telling the truth, she will have to share! I think it sucks that she is trying to back out now!

Mike

April 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

So she quit her job, alienated her co-workers, and she only MIGHT have won?

Unless everyone in the pool has a copy of the numbers they played, there’s a serious conflict of interest for the person who buys for the pool to buy any additional tickets.

It would be better if office pools played the same numbers every week – this potential for fraud couldn’t happen then.

hokie4life

April 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Dumb…First rule when doing a work lotto pool is to make copies of the tickets and pass the copies out to everyone! smh..not to bright sweetie!

jasperddbagghost

April 2nd, 2012
1:35 pm

Nugget gotta be fronting’ her chicken and watermelon~!

Nat

April 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

Lets do the stupidity list:

1. She probably did not win, but now she has no job
2. She yelled she won the next morning…if she did…hello blind trust, lawyer, etc?
3. If the ticket did win she has guaranteed the winnings will be locked up until court proceedings are done at which time they will order it split and alot will go to lawyers
4. If she did win, the final end result will be that she is broke within 5 years because if she is this stupid already she cannot financially manage the winnings.

rules of the game

April 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

This is why you don’t buy tickets with others unless you clearly document who paid and what tickets/numbers apply to the group.

We did this at my office last week as a special treat but I’m thankful that it isn’t an ongoing thing.

RAMZAD

April 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

That sounds just like what would happen in Charm City. That place never fails its drama tests.

MeaneyMouse

April 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

HEYYYY YOU DANGED WOODCHUCKS STOP CHUCKING MY WOOD!!

Bone

April 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

Yep…only the rich are greedy…Right! Just shows you how ANYONE can be greedy, with money, love, property…and at every point from poverty to wealthy.

Saddlehide Annie

April 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

If she did win and refuses to share, there will be a LOT of rich lawyers in her future!

Billy

April 2nd, 2012
1:44 pm

LOL, another person of high character. She ought to get nothing, much less the agreed to “third” of the winnings. What a piece of doo-doo…

Testor

April 2nd, 2012
1:45 pm

If this lady has the winning ticket, and she is doing this to fellow workers, she is going to need all of that money for protection. She is screwing 15 people out of $7 Million Each, boy she has some set on her.

PL

April 2nd, 2012
1:45 pm

It appears she will be sharing with the other McDonald’s employees and several lawyers, if the disputed claim makes it to court.

charles crocheron

April 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

She will lose but it will cost them a lot of money fighting each other, i would try to give the person something to keep this out of the hands of lawyers….

Quintricia Carpenter

April 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

I 2nd Karen’s comment, same here girl!!! There was a pool going around here @ work & I told them….no thanks….buying my own!!

Poole

April 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

She just should not have taken that extra 5 after she bought the group tickets and left them in the safe spot at work. before that she had her tickets at home and the groups tickets were at work. it was the late comer’s 5 tickets she ended up taking home.

boneesha Moore

April 2nd, 2012
2:02 pm

Well,I can sorta relate to her,I went in with a friend,but bought tix on my own.I pic messaged the tix with our money together to her.The tix with my own money I put aside.I really don’t buy her story though.Hope she doesn’t win in court.

Jesse Jackson

April 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

the woman has seven kids ,at least the taxes she will have to pay will pay back the welfare she has got

MrsG

April 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

Thank goodness for security cameras.. They will tell the REAL story!! I don’t do office pools..Win/lose on my own!!

Shawn

April 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

She thinks it’s Monopoly money.

JustMe

April 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

If I ever win the only people I am sharing it with is my family. I never go in on office pools for the reasons above.

Marigold

April 2nd, 2012
2:16 pm

This is Hillarious ! ! !
It would really funny if she wasn’t a winner.

Marigold

April 2nd, 2012
2:16 pm

This is Hillarious ! ! !
It would really funny if she wasn’t a winner.

Sean Frazier

April 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

F-em! They all talked about you behind your back anyway! Buy the McDonalds and fire them all.

Karma

April 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

You could have stopped writing this article at “McDonald’s Employee”. Even if she does keep the money all to herself, she’ll destroy her life and piddle it all away in less than a year. If you’ve never learned how to be a winner (I don’t consider Mickey Ds employees “winners”) then you’ll not suddenly figure it out with $100 million in your pocket. But I’m guessing she’ll have to share it – legally.

Bernie

April 2nd, 2012
2:28 pm

May I have some fries with that order? please…..LOL!

Max

April 2nd, 2012
2:29 pm

Why would any sane person play in a pool? It is just utter stupidity, and is just asking for trouble.

It doesn’t really increase your odds of winning, but it certainly increases your odds of being cheated.

IWontheLotteryToo

April 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

If she left the tickets in a safe place at the restaurant, what’s the beef? Everyone that contributed, should have been aware of the numbers played. If not, then they are irresponsible for not taking the necessary action. If they contributed, I think she would do the right thing and share. This is going to make for a great

Rhonda

April 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

She should at least share with the person who gave her the extra $5….but if I won that much money, I would definitely share it with my co-workers. We have been pooling and playing for about 6 years now, and I care about them very much.

BANG!

April 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Greed is the root 2 all evil not sharing that much money will have u underneath them roots!

GregSean

April 2nd, 2012
2:46 pm

To each his own. If her winning ticket was not a part of the pool then she should not have to share. I would suggest that she seek legal counsel.

testerbill

April 2nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Enter your comments here

indigo

April 2nd, 2012
2:49 pm

You can understand her situation. A 1/16th share is only $6.56 million. You can’t buy anything for that little money these days. No wonder she wants it all!

charmattack

April 2nd, 2012
2:50 pm

Yeah, everyone in my office pool gets pdf copies emailed to them of the tickets from the office money.

testerbill

April 2nd, 2012
2:50 pm

Some distant relative of wilson’s will show up with the winning ticket so it won’t appear as one of the pool tickets.

Keith

April 2nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Its her word against theirs. If she bought the ticket herself everyone is out of luck. Looks like a good case of he said she said. Hire a good lawyer.

sandee

April 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

It was an early April Fool’s joke.

Vicki

April 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

I play in a office pool I scan the tickets to everyone that is in the pool and also have their names on an enveloped dated the day of the drawing. If I want to purchase on my own I should be fine. She is showing signs of being very greedy with that amount she could share a little bit.

sandee

April 2nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Since the winner is not required to identify them self in MD, who would really know if she won if she kept her mouth shut…YEAH, THAT MIGHT HAPPEN.

Uhno

April 2nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Just loose shoes doing what loose shoes do.
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