powerball mega millions Mega Millions mess at Maryland McDonald's: Alleged winner claims her ticket not from work poolA Mega Millions mess is brewing in Maryland, where one of the three winning tickets is embroiled in some controversy. According to the New York Post, Mirlande Wilson, a McDonald’s worker in Westport, went in on a pool with a group of co-workers to buy tickets, but claims her winning ticket was one bought separately – and she has no intention of sharing the money.

“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan. I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket,” says Wilson.

It sounds like Wilson took the money from the McDonald’s workers and bought the tickets. The tickets she bought, plus a list of the workers in on the pool, were put in an office safe. But then the night of the drawing, Birul Desai, the owner of the McDonald’s, gave Wilson $5 to buy five more tickets and she did, then took them home with her.

Wilson insists the winning ticket was not from that second batch. She also called her co-workers, screaming, “I won! I won!” after the drawing.

Co-worker Suleiman Osman Husein says, “She can’t do this to us! We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!”

A clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson purchased the tickets has doubts about the story at all, since lottery officials have reviewed the surveillance footage and believe a man bought the winning ticket.

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