- Mirlande Wilson, 37, pooled money with colleagues at Maryland burger joint
- Claims she bought one of the three winning tickets for herself
- Winning numbers were 46, 23, 38, 4, 2, and 23
Employees at a McDonald’s in the U.S. are outraged at a co-worker who claims she won $105million in Mega Millions but says as she bought the ticket for herself she will not share her winnings.
Workers at the Maryland McDonald’s pooled their money for tickets for the biggest lottery in world history but Mirlande Wilson, 37, claims she herself bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout.
‘We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,’ Wilson 37, told The New York Post.
‘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.
The Haitian immigrant claimed she had hidden the winning ticket and would present it to lottery officials today.
But questioned later she became more coy.
‘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.’
With winning tickets also sold in Illinois and Kansas, a single Maryland winner would get an after-tax lump sum of $105 million, or $5.59 million a year for 26 years.
Wilson’s co-workers — who make little more than $7.50 an hour — are up in arms 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 fast food outlet, said the man, who gave only his first name, Allen, as he stood next to Layla. She declined to comment.
Then, late Friday, before the night’s drawing, the owner of the McDonald’s, Birul Desai, gave Wilson $5 to buy more tickets for the pool on her way home from work, and she went back to the 7-Eleven and bought them, Allen said.
Wilson took those tickets home with her, Allen said.
But Wilson insisted yesterday that she had bought the second batch with an unidentified friend — not for the pool — and that the winning ticket was among them.
A day earlier, a delirious Wilson had called co-workers to break the news — tellingly used the first-person singular.