Mirlande Wilson, who works at a McDonald's in Maryland, claims she holds one of the winning tickets from the record Mega Millions jackpot. But while Wilson has done plenty of talking about the winning ticket, she has yet to produce any evidence. NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports.
A Maryland woman who claims to hold a winning Mega Millions ticket is refusing to show it to anyone.
"I'm so scared," Mirlande Wilson told NBC affiliate WPTV.com, as she refused to reveal her ticket. "I'm so shocked, I don't know what's going on."
When Baltimore-area resident Wilson came forward claiming she was a Mega Millions jackpot winner, her co-workers at a local McDonald's restaurant said they deserved a share of the winnings because they were part of a lottery pool
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself," Wilson, a single mother of seven, told the New York Post over the weekend. "[The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan."
The woman told WPTV her co-workers have copies of all the tickets bought with the pool money, adding she had asked a friend to buy a separate ticket for her.
"McDonald's don't have nothing to do with this," Wilson told WPTV. "They don't have nothing to do with -- they don't even know about it and they don't even have nothing to do with this ... It's only us by ourself (sic)."
Three lottery tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland hit the record-breaking $640 million jackpot. Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.
In Maryland, the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill, near Baltimore. Maryland does not require lottery winners to be publicly identified; the Mega Millions winner can claim the prize anonymously.
But lottery officials say so far no one has produced a winning ticket.
"We've heard it's somebody's cousin, we heard it's somebody who works up the street, the guy who mows the lawn, the lady at the McDonald's," lottery official Carole Everett told WPTV. None of these claims matter, she said.
More content from msnbc.com and NBC News:
- Tornado videos show flying semi-trailers, huge hail
- Woman, 80, crash lands plane after husband dies
- Binational gay couples sue to overturn DOMA
- Calif. shooting: Oikos University catered to Koreans