Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Maryland’s Mega Millions winner is still a mega mystery. And the single mom of seven in South Baltimore who claims she’s got the ticket has yet to claim the cash.
Mike Hellgren has the new interview and why she’s creating international buzz.
“I was so shocked. I said ‘Why I have 23 two times?’” said the mystery lady.
Single mom Mirlande Wilson was all smiles in the New York Post claiming she won the big Mega Millions prize. Now, she seems confused.
“For me, I’m shocked myself. I don’t have… I’m a little shocked right now,” she said.
Reporter: “You’re in shock because you believe you won or because as you said, it’s real confusing what’s going on right now. What’s the shock?”
Wilson: “It’s confusing. It’s very confusing.”
Reporter: “Do you think you’ve won?”
Wilson: “I can’t answer.”
During a new interview inside her home in South Baltimore she wouldn’t produce the winning ticket.
“I’m not gonna tell you where the ticket is until I make sure it’s right,” she said.
No one has come to lottery headquarters, but we can confirm Wilson has hired a lawyer.
Maryland lottery officials have gotten attention from around the world. They say they’re no closer now to identifying the winner.
“One of the worst things that could happen is for someone to erroneously believe that the winning ticket’s been claimed only to have the actual holder of the ticket be confused and maybe throw away the ticket,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery.
To make things more complicated, Wilson’s co-workers at McDonald’s aren’t “lovin’ it.” They say the winning ticket was part of a pool, and they want a share. Wilson claims the winning ticket is separate and the cash is hers.
Reporter: “Are they fighting with you over the ticket?”
Wilson: “Yeah, that’s a big problem.”
Whether she’s the big winner or someone else steps up, it sure makes for a fascinating cliffhanger.
Reporter: “You say find the ticket. Does that mean you don’t know where it is?”
Wilson: “I cannot answer. I’m not able to talk right now. I’ll make sure everything is all right.”
After taxes, Maryland’s winner will get $105 million.