Mirlande Wilson, the Baltimore McDonald's employee who went in on a Mega Millions lottery pool with some coworkers, only to claim that a winning ticket was hers and hers alone, may just be an attention whore, or she may be outright nuts and a total liar. What's clear from the weird press conference she went silent for yesterday is that (a) she's a fan of tight T-shirts, and (b) her lawyer hasn't even seen the ticket in question, and she says she can't find it. Below, some footage.
Wilson may be a total wack job, or she's trying to figure out how to collect the winnings without getting killed, which won't be easy. But her new attorney Edward Smith Jr. admitted yesterday, "I can’t say with any certainty that this ticket exists." This news comes after Wilson had previously said that the ticket was hidden in a safe place somewhere inside the McDonald's where she works. (Lottery officials confirm, by the way, that a winning ticket was sold at the 7-11 where Wilson purchased the tickets for her pool.)
As a coworker of Wilson's told the New York Post, "I don't believe her. I didn't believe her from the beginning, she's always been strange. She's an attention seeker. She likes to have all the attention on herself."
Cut to Wilson trying to ink a deal for a reality show before the money's even claimed.
Below, the AP footage of the press conference, to which Wilson showed up 45 minutes late wearing a tight pink T-shirt with a cartoon pig on it and the words “Sweet Swine.”
Now the Baltimore Mega Millions 'Winner' Can't Find Her Ticket [DCist]
Wacky $100M Winner 'Sick' of Scrutiny [NY Post]
Is This Maryland McDonald’s Employee a Mega Millions Winner or Just Crazy? [Gawker]
Earlier: Mega Millions McDonald's Winner Goes Mute
McDonald’s Worker Wins the Lottery, But Might Be a Hamburglar