Mega Millions ‘winner’ a loser of winning ticket

Imagine the joy of winning millions in the lottery.

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Mirlande Wilson, center, will be able to afford even fancier hats if she finds the 'misplaced' winning Mega Millions ticket. (AP Photo)

Now imagine losing that winning ticket.

Now imagine lying about everything to any reporter who will listen.

That would seem to be the case of alleged Mega Millions winner Mirlande Wilson, 37, of Maryland, who’s claimed to have won a third of the world record $656 million lottery jackpot.

As you’ve doubtless read before, Wilson refused to share her presumptive millions with her McDonald’s co-workers, whom she had purchased tickets with in a pool.

Wilson, a Haitian immigrant and mother of seven, quit her fast-food gig by calling in to tell her former friends she was a millionaire and would not be sharing because she purchased the winning ticket separately from the office pool.

Today, NBC News reports Wilson has “misplaced” the ticket.

When asked if she was a teller of tall tales, Wilson told NBC “I did not make up no story to get no attention.”

Even her own attorney has never seen the alleged winning ticket, which makes me wonder about his mental state as much as his client’s.

So far, winners in  Kansas and Illinois have yet to step forward. Baltimore must be full of tricksters — another man there claimed to have been the Maryland winner, but it was a cruel joke that made his mother cry instead of laugh.

Maryland lottery officials are urging people who bought tickets to check their numbers again to make sure they don’t have the winner. The fear is that the real winner may have thrown out a ticket worth millions because they thought someone else had already won the big prize.

142 comments Add your comment

JFKDawg

April 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

No, no. I have the winning ticket. Honest, I do. I just got some McRib sauce on it and can reads the number.

Deke

April 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

Please stop giving this woman the attention she so desperately craves.

Brainstorm

April 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

Dang it! I think that I put the winning ticket in some kid’s Happy Meal!

Clint Irvin

April 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

How dumb can people be??? This is absolutely absurd and someone trying to get 15 seconds of fame over nothing… What has America come too?

You are all suckers

April 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

Always looking for a payday. You can always sue somebody for millions. Maybe a racist took your ticket.

Wutta Liar

April 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Actually, she is a member of the Tea Party and she wants to get her lottery winnings without being taxed, so she is hoping to get Eric Cantor to pass a new law that exempts lottery winnings from taxation.

Tom

April 6th, 2012
12:11 pm

She must have had a terrible childhood where no one cared about her….This is her means of compensating for all that lost attention. Wonder if she’ll creep back to McDonalds in the dead of night, retrieve the ticket then go into hiding….

That Dude...

April 6th, 2012
12:11 pm

Send her and her 7 kids back to haiti!!!!!

pb

April 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

This woman obviously has a few screws loose upstairs. Maybe she should be arrested for lying, if there is such an offense legally. We have become a messed up country when people like this get attention.

Will I Am

April 6th, 2012
12:14 pm

Actually, Brainstorm above is on to something… if she says she put the tix in a meal order, she can then sue whoever eventually evcomes forward with the real ticket for her cut!

curious

April 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

I think I had it. Went through the drive-thru. It was stuck to my wrapper. Kind of greasy. I tossed it.

GatorGreg

April 6th, 2012
12:16 pm

Her angle is to say she lost it and when the real winner steps forward she is just setting it up so she gets a piece of the action.

On a separate note, she only voted for Obozo 10 time last election and will vote 20 times next election, why? Just look at her. You can tell the only thing she stands for is anything free to her….what a joke. She should end up in prison, in Haiti….

Atlanta Native

April 6th, 2012
12:17 pm

If no one comes forward with the winning ticket, what happens to the unclaimed money? Wouldn’t it be a better win for the country if the money goes back to the states for education, etc.? (Notwithstanding that the governments of these states will likely waste most of it…)

Occupy A Job Loser!!

April 6th, 2012
12:21 pm

She is a Occupy Loser and like all the Other Occupy Idiots she is a lazy ass slacker expents to get something for nothing and someone give it to her…go Occupy A Job LOSER

stilldefiant

April 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

@ pb – Agreed. She is obviously nuts. Produce the ticket or move on. And Stan, stop being so scared and use the other word instead of ‘thug’. Grow a pair. Or are you just too stupid to know one person is not indicative of an entire race of people?

MyPatootie

April 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

Last sentence in the article: “The fear is that the real winner may have thrown out a ticket worth millions because they thought someone else had already won the big prize”. Anybody stupid enough to do that without checking the numbers first does not deserve to win anything, period. Why would they even say that unless they think Maryland is full of dumb people? Well, then again maybe they know something I don’t. BTW, this woman is probably here in the first place illegally, drawing welfare benefits of $200 per child per month, plus on food stamps. Is anyone surprised she is working at a McDonalds?

savannahdawg

April 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

Send her and the idiot lawyer back to Haiti. She has been lying the entire time and he was dumb enough and greedy enough to believe her.

The Judge

April 6th, 2012
12:24 pm

Bottom line – no tickee no washee! That’s the way it works. Oh, and before we go any further let’s check her immigration status – 7 kids and no husband(s)? Boy, they must have really relaxed the immigration requirements.

anita

April 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

If she wasn’t gonna share, oh well, there’s karma for ya!

bobsig

April 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

One time I lost my way but I found it……there is still hope. And give me the change.

VinylT

April 6th, 2012
12:32 pm

Wait… doesn’t “I did not make up no story to get no attention” literally mean “I made up a story to get attention”?

Silly Rabbit

April 6th, 2012
12:38 pm

You guys are missing the best part of the story:

“Even her own attorney has never seen the alleged winning ticket, which makes me wonder about his mental state as much as his client’s.”

RIGHT ON POINT!

Ben

April 6th, 2012
12:39 pm

Fred

April 6th, 2012
12:39 pm

I was wondering a few things. When she purchased the ‘pool’ tickets were participants given a copy of the numbers? Was the winning ticket among them? I’m guessing no because no one has presented a copy as evidence.
Her claim is that she bought a ticket separate from the ‘pool’ tickets and won on that. Is it possible that one of the pool tickets did win and she is looking for a way to have someone else claim the prize so she doesn’t have to share?

CoffeePartier

April 6th, 2012
12:40 pm

If the 1/3 stake that is currently set aside to the MD winning ticket is not claimed by the deadline, does the jackpot, for the first drawing after that deadline passes, increase by the amount of the unclaimed prize?

Hootinanny Yum Yum

April 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

Ah, the entitlement mentality. Love it.

Reader

April 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

“…go Occupy A Job LOSER”

What part of McDonald’s WORKER did you not understand?

nikkiinmd

April 6th, 2012
12:43 pm

Maybe it was a April Fools Day prank that got outta hand. She probably NEVER thought it would reach this level of craziness!

Anna

April 6th, 2012
12:43 pm

That is just crazy! As for anybody that hasn’t come forward….stooopid. I always take my ticket and have them run it anyway. You just never know

messa

April 6th, 2012
12:44 pm

Al Queda made Jews jump to their death 150 storeys from world trade centre….now u can send her back to haiti you worthless hogs

Jay Black

April 6th, 2012
12:47 pm

I wonder if you all would be yelling “Go back to Germany” if she was a German immigrant here with 7 kids. That being said, she’s lying like hell, and McDonalds should sue her for making THEM look incompetent in their hiring practices by hiring a store full of dummies that didn’t get copies of the pool tickets.

MR

April 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

Lawyer: Say you lost it. I will get someone to claim it. We split it and all are happy.
Wilson: How do I know that I can trust you?
Lawyer: hahahahahaha

Carole Smith

April 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

IF she was a Mega Millions winner, she would still HAVE the ticket!!! Also, as a Haitian immigrant, is she LEGAL???? Also, where is the father (fathers) of her SEVEN children? And, she works at McDonalds!!! Come on, WHO is supporting these immigrants?????? Oh, wait………..I think I know. WE DO!!!!!!!

Angie A

April 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

everyone seems to think this lady is lying and wants 15 mins of fame, and never had the ticket…I believe she has the ticket, knows that if she comes forward with it, she will get sued by her former co-workers and lose (bc it has happened with other winners), so she is saying she misplaced it, but probably has a deal with a friend or family member who will claim they have it and win all that $, and obviously going to act like they don’t know this lady, lol, so she only has to give a percentage to this one person vs all her ex co-workers. She’s lying about losing it, and she’s smarter than you all think..whether she will get away with this scheme of hers, we can only wait and see, but she has a year to turn it in, so my guess, she’ll her her accomplice turn it in after all this hoopla dies down so she won’t be so terrified of a lawsuit…

JamAndJelly

April 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

How could a person lose something they never had to begin with?

um

April 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

How do you raise 7 kids on a McDonalds salary? Oh yea, I help pay for it……

kmb

April 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

Maryland knows if she is or is not the winner. They have a surveillance camera pointed at the lottery machine and claim to have the photo of the winner. Why they don’t just answer the question of whether of not she could possibly be the holder of the ticket is a mystery.

Honest Al

April 6th, 2012
12:56 pm

I never blame the people who crave attention and 15 mins of fame, I blame the stupid media outlets who give these clowns the time of day. On a day to day basis only about 5% of news is actual news. The rest is bs to sell papers, etc.

Jay Black

April 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

So which tickets did she misplace? Both sets?

Patti

April 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

Why would you hide your ticket at work anyway??? I would keep it really close to me at all times, or even put it in a safe deposit box….Story sounds fishy right from the start!!

pino

April 6th, 2012
1:00 pm

aren’t they great

Honest Al

April 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

Thank you Angie A.

CoffeePartier

April 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

@Patti
Keeping the pooled ticket at work — for others that are on the up and up, not necessarily Ms. Wilson — lets your co-workers know that you’ll be returning to the office and not making off with the original ticket. I would highly doubt that people that do lock up the tickets work with a bunch of amateur safe crackers well versed in picking Master locks.

Meowwww

April 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

Karma’s a #itch, ain’t it Ms Wilson! Now your 7 children will have a wonderful story to tell their grandchildren.

Ben

April 6th, 2012
1:08 pm

She hasn’t lost it, she’s probably given it to someone else close to her to avoid being sued by the other workers.

gg

April 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

I’m with Angie A. She has the ticket, and someone she knows is going to turn it in as a LLC.

So much for the

April 6th, 2012
1:12 pm

American Dream!

Bill

April 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

….they live among us – and reproduce

Silly Rabbit

April 6th, 2012
1:18 pm

But even if she gives the ticket to someone else to turn in, the officials will know where the ticket originated. The other 2 tickets are not in Georgia. This scam has me saying, who gives a crap. She’s mental.

rob

April 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

She had the ticket, never checked the numbers, but is sure she won…. how can you people not believe her!!! Everyone is to quick to judge!…………arent we!!!!