Winning Mega Millions Ticket Claimed

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officials at the Maryland Lottery have confirmed that someone has come forward to claim the winning Mega Millions ticket.

Jessica Kartalija has more.

National attention has been on the mysterious Maryland winner ever since that historic $656 million drawing.

WJZ confirms someone has come forward to claim the winning Mega Millions ticket, which was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill. Split with two other national winners, it’s worth $105 million after taxes.

Rumors have been flying about exactly who holds that winning ticket.

Mirlande Wilson, a single mother of seven in Southwest Baltimore, made national headlines when she claimed to have it, but later changed her story.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Wilson said.

She told the media the ticket was hidden in the McDonald’s where she worked, then claimed she “misplaced” it. She even hired a lawyer to handle the firestorm of questions from reporters.

It’s not clear whether Wilson is the winner who came forward Monday. Lottery officials said the winner plans to remain anonymous.

Lottery officials aren’t releasing any details about the winner Monday. They will hold a news conference Tuesday morning at lottery headquarters.

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  • Truth Teller

    Yep and I’m sure it isn’t the bozo from McDonald’s who claimed she lost her ticket.

  • Josh Parkville

    So the Haitian woman was a liar. Who would have thought it. Surprise, surprise. She changed her story too many damn times. I bet that lawyer feels really dumb now. The local media should sue the woman for lying and wasting their time. lol No….second thought, the lame media probably got what it deserved since they were so desperate. And sue the dumb lawyer for being such a gullible, desperate idiot. I bet he’s sure going to get a lot of business now from being seen on TV. Maybe he will try to track the winner and offer his services so he can still hit. But I doubt the real winner will want to deal with a desperate idiot like him who takes on cases and gets on TV without first vetting his client in this situation.

    Oh, BTW….obviously I don’t think it is her because she’s not anonymous.

    Anyway, congratulations to the winner – whoever they are. I don’t blame them for being anonymous. Especially with all these crazy people out here today. I would do the same.

  • where there is smoke there a fire

    i think she gave the ticket to some body else so they can cash the ticket so she will not have to give the other workers any thing she’s going to give that person a coupe of dollars and take money and move to another state and start over

  • merletheperle

    I think she played her cards right this time, she gave the ticket to a trusted
    friend to keep the BS down, now the Mcdonald worker can,t get any money!

  • Lisa

    Congrats to the winner…from what I understand, it is well deserved. And it is NOT the lady from McD’s.

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