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Mega Millions Winner Won’t Share With Pool?

From the New York Post:

Md. woman won’t share $105M lotto jackpot with McD’s co-workers

April 2, 2012

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 [sic] Westport neighborhood to attend church.

This should be easy enough to determine, one would think. But somehow everything can be complicated these days.

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.

So far today, no one has officially claimed the Maryland ticket.

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.”

She doesn’t know if she won? Can’t someone help her read the numbers?

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 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.

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 pal — 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. “I won! I won!” she cried, Allen said. Another colleague, Davon Wilson, no relation, said he was there when Mirlande Wilson called…

Yohannes Michael, a clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought the tickets, expressed doubts about her story when he said yesterday that lottery officials have reviewed the store’s video and believe that a man bought the winning ticket. Lottery rep Carole Everett would not confirm that

Another beautiful story from the gorgeous mosaic.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Mega Millions Winner Won’t Share With Pool?”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    You know, yesterday while listening to a brief news snippet on the radio, I smiled to find out that there were winners in this lottery drawing. “How nice”, I thought, “Some people can live lives of luxury and never have to work and just relax and take it easy”.

    Then I read this and thought, first, well, I know who these people are, and even have a clue as to what she looks like. And here’s a photo of her. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/what_mega_mess_wHA9HVdfxA1VDSqWn58KtJ

    A sad state of affairs that someone who most likely needed some of that “walkin’ aroun’ money from Obama’s stash” and needed the “wealth to be spread aroun’ ” seems so desirous of keeping it all herself. Yet, in one sense I hope she does keep it all and will serve as a lesson to her (former) co-workers that if you trust each other, get it all in writing and make sure everyone has a copy and everyone signs. If you don’t sign, you don’t get any winnings, even if you bought most of the tickets.

    This is classically beautiful and such a perfect example of what they do to each other. It’s not “whitey” sticking it to them.

    But then, a few years from now, this woman will be broke, having blown ALL the cash on garbage and also having been suckered by scam-artists who will promise her they can triple, quadruple her money easily. It’s not over yet. She will get suckered big-time.

    You don’t have to be smart to have money…but to keep it and retain it does take a certain amount of clear-thinking.

    She’ll blow it. The big house, the fancy cars, the parties, the “friends”, the trips, the spending sprees…and ultimately, getting scammed out of a huge chunk of it. Watch, wait and see.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Addendum. At the bottom of the NYP article, it says the video shown where the winning ticket was sold was believed to have been sold to a man.

      So, this may just be a fish story anyhow.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Ditto RS. The press are fooled regularly, but not us.

    Being on the receiving end of a jackpot like this fraught with pratfalls and dangers. But only for those who have not yet settled who they are, first.

    It’s the dummies who get crushed, bum rushed, spindled and mutilated.

  3. electraglide says:

    Until the actual winners came foward, I was having great fun telling my liberal friends that Dick Cheney was one of the winners…

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