Part Deux of the Mega Millions saga is here. Remember how one of the self-declared winners of last Friday's $656 million multi-state lottery draw, Mirlande Wilson, told reporters that she had hidden the winning ticket where she works? Now there is part two to the drama.
The 37-year-old mother of seven and a McDonald's employee in Maryland now says she "misplaced" the winning ticket. On Monday, her story was she had hidden the ticket at the McDonald's where she worked but by Friday the New York Post and MSNBC were reporting that Wilson now claimed to have "lost the ticket."
When her children offered to help look for the elusive ticket, Wilson reportedly chased them out of the house and refused their help.
Wilson originally bought lotto tickets together with 15 of her co-workers, each reportedly donating $5 to the pool. After the drawing, she claimed to have won but with a ticket from her own stash not the pool with her-co-workers. The were understandably upset and became even more so when they saw her on television talking about it.
They said they had all agreed to share the winnings equally.
Seen in the above vidoe interview with NBC News 4 on Friday, the reporter asked Wilson directly if she had made up the winning ticket story and whether she had really won, to which she deflected from answering the question by saying, "Let me tell you how this story starts."
On the question of if she had lost the ticket, Wilson replied with a smile, "I misplaced it." Her nonchalant attitude at "misplacing" a ticket that would put $101 million in her pockets after taxes is extremely puzzling, especially with seven children to raise. And we all know what McDonalds pays. (Click on the above attached video to see more).
In fact, I am not the only one baffled. Many are now doubting whether Wilson even has a winning ticket. The several versions of the lotto win story adds to the mounting skepticism. She had first claimed she bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven close to where she worked then changed that story to a co-worker purchased it on her behalf.
One of the managers at the McDonalds where she works allegedly said that the Haitian immigrant was always "strange" and constantly craved attention.
So is this one of Wilson's attention-seeking stunts? Only time will tell. Winners have until September to claim their prize and Lotto officials say they do not have to make their identities public.
To read my earlier report on the saga, click link below: