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 Mirlande Wilson, 37, came forward Sunday and told the New York Post she had bought the winning ticket in Maryland.
Wilson and her co-workers at a Baltimore-area McDonald's restaurant pooled their cash to buy tickets, but, according to the Post, the woman claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself," Wilson, a single mother of seven, told the newspaper. "[The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan."
“She can’ t do this to us!” Suleiman Osman Husein, a shift manager and one of 15 members in the pool, told the Post. “We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!”
The woman refused to show the alleged winning ticket, saying she would present it to lottery officials Monday. But a clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought tickets said lottery officials who reviewed the store’s video believe a man bought the winning ticket, the Post reported.