If you pooled your money with co-workers to purchase a bunch of lottery tickets, then got screwed out of the $105 million (after taxes) jackpot after one of those co-workers said she won it with a ticket that "wasn’t on the group plan," you would be pretty pissed, right?
That's exactly how a group of Maryland McDonald's employees feel. About 15 people chipped in $5 for a shot at the $656 million payout, which has been split between three winning tickets after Friday's drawing, and are now furious at Mirlande Wilson for refusing to share the winnings.
"We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan. I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket.”
Her story isn't putting any of her co-workers at ease. Suleiman Osman Husein, a shift manager at the McDonald's that Wilson works at, contested:
“She can’ t do this to us! We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!”
Here is where things get inneresting though. Despite calling a co-worker to announce her lucky numbers, Wilson eventually changed her story and told the press:
“I don’t know if I won. Some of the numbers were familiar. I recognized some of [them] … I’m going to go to the lottery office [today]. I bought some tickets separately.”
To make things more confusing, a clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought the tickets says that the store's security camera footage shows a man purchasing the winning ticket.
So, basically, everyone could be getting upset over nothing. However, if Mirlande Wilson DID, in fact, win the loterry, we'd say she has A LOT of nerve to tell her co-workers she won if she has no intention of sharing the spoils.
Two employees said they went to her home and pounded on her door for 20 minutes to talk some sense into her. After being warned that she may be putting her life in danger by screwing over 15 people making minimum wage, Wilson reportedly said, “All right! All right! I’ll share, but I can’t find the ticket right now.”
LOL! Another great diversion tactic. Let's hope this woman's hearts grows three sizes and she splits the money with the co-workers who helped her win it!