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Maryland Mom Claims She Lost Her Winning Mega Million Ticket

Paige Brettingen |
April 6, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Mega Millions Lotto Ticket (Creative Commons)
Mega Millions Lotto Ticket (Creative Commons)

Marlinde Wilson, the Baltimore mother of seven, who claimed she won one-third of the record $656 million jackpot on Monday has announced that her ticket has been lost.

“I can’t say with any certainty that this ticket exists. You never say that it’s so until you’ve seen it with your own eyes,” admitted lawyer Eddie Smith Jr., appearing at his office with Marlinde Wilson, to the New York Daily News.

Wilson, 37, who works at a McDonald's in Milford Mill said she hid the ticket at work and now cannot find it.  And other parts of Wilson's story are starting to become as unhinged as her recent behavior. 

The NY Daily News reported:

  • She first said she bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven for herself, then said a co-worker purchased one for her while buying tickets for a group of McDonald's employees.
  • She has also claimed to have hidden the ticket at McDonald's — a claim her co-workers have said is dubious.
  • "She could not have hidden any ticket here," one employee told the Daily News this week. "She hasn't been back and she doesn't have any locker to hide it. She would not hide it in the bathroom or anything."

The bizarre chain of events began unraveling earlier this week when she and her lawyer called a press conference only to send journalists away so that "her children can go back to a normal life."

Wilson was then late to the next press conference, where she arrived wearing a cap embroidered with "Sweet Swine Pork Rinds."  Her lawyer blamed the tardiness on a doctor's appointment-- that she had to get her blood pressue checked after all of the stress she has been under since announcing she won.  Wilson answered few questions but did answer a phone call during the conference.

The Washington Post recorded some of her responses:

The Baltimore Sun: “How are you feeling?”
MW: “I am a little bit stressed out."
The Sun: “When will you cash in your ticket?
MW: “I am not ready for that.”

When asked how she could have lost a $200 million ticket?

“I did not make up no story to get no attention,” she told NBC, reported NY Daily News.



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