Mirlande Wilson, Mega Millions alleged winner, wants to be left alone
Updated: April 5, 2012 - 12:43 pm
Lottery officials will hold a press conference Thursday in Baltimore to clarify rumors about the winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland. Officially, no one has come forward with the winning ticket, despite one woman’s claims that she is the winner.
During a news conference Wednesday, an attorney for a Baltimore woman who claims she owns Maryland's winning Mega Millions ticket says he has not seen it and doesn't know if his client has it.
Attorney Edward Smith Jr. asked the media to leave his client, Mirlande Wilson, alone.
She said little, only confirming that she is originally from Haiti. The attorney says other people brought her into the spotlight and the attention had caused Wilson's blood pressure to spike.
Co-workers at the McDonalds say Wilson bought tickets in an office pool at a 7-11 just down the street Friday night.
Wilson admits to buying the tickets for the pool but says she also bought an individual ticket. She says that’s the ticket that turned out to be one of three nationwide that will share the $656 million jackpot.
Asked if her coworkers have a legitimate claim to a share of the winnings, Wilson said she could not answer that and directed questions to her attorney.
And that's the problem, no one, not even her lawyer has seen the winning ticket Wilson claims to have bought. And she’s not saying where it is.
Smith said he was hired to protect her in case she is sued.
When asked about a report from the New York Post that Wilson hid her ticket inside in the McDonald's where she worked, the attorney repeated that he does not know where it is.
All over the Baltimore area, people are talking about whether they believe Wilson actually has the winning ticket.
And if she has it, when is she going to come forward and claim what she feels is hers.