Mega Millions fever has taken over 42 states including Maryland and a local McDonald’s. With Friday nights numbers being pulled and the announcement of 3 US winners sweeping the nation, a few McDonald’s employees are left furious and ready to throw a few burgers and fries at a recent co-worker.
Mirlande Wilson chipped in with her team of co-workers to purchase this past Mega Millions’ jackpot winning ticket. Wilson is now claiming that the ticket which holds the winning numbers was indeed her own ticket purchased outside of the working pool.
“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.”
Mega Millions winners in Kanasa, Illionois, and Maryland 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.
The group’s tickets — along with a list of those who contributed to the pool — were left in an office safe at the McDonald’s. The winning ticket was said to be purchased at the 7-Eleven in Milford Mill. Late Friday, before the lottery 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. Wilson bought the tickets and took them home with her.
Once the winning numbers were called and Wilson realized that she had possibly won, she immediately phoned a co-worker.
The 7-Eleven clerk, Yohannes Michael, is doubting the Wilson’s story. He said that yesterday that lottery officials have reviewed the store’s video and believe that a man bought the winning ticket; although lottery rep Carole Everett has yet to confirm his story.
So who’s telling the truth? Where is the winning ticket that no one has yet to claim?