NewsNation | April 04, 2012
>>> a maryland woman claiming to have the winning mega millions ticket held a news conference a short time ago. mer mirlande wilson did not bring it to the press conference or say a single word. on correspondeding to the post she said she stashed the ticket somewhere in the mcdonald's restaurant where she works. her attorney spoke and says he has not seen the ticket either. i am joined by steven maher teen owe, director of maryland lottery there. thank you for joining me.
>> good afternoon.
>> what do you know about miss wilson and the claim she has the winning ticket?
>> we know what's reported in the moo he had alike everyone else, but we would reinforce the fact right now that no one has contacted the maryland lottery or approached us about having the winning ticket nor a representative of someone representing the holder of the winning ticket. until someone comes forward and we're able to validate the ticket and certify the jackpot, we're in a position of wanting to make sure the public knows that no claim has been made.
>> as strange as her story and the facts of this situation at least as she explained them to the "new york post," what she said via through her attorney, it is possible that she could have this winning ticket since no one else has come forward?
>> it is certainly possible. we have never said that she didn't, but frankly, with the combination of this being the largest jackpot in the history of the world and that $656 million and then the fact that sunday was april fools day , we certainly heard a number of stories and rumors out there and they all can't be true. only one, and maybe not even any of them. that's why it is a position of the maryland lottery to wait until the rightful holder of the ticket comes forward and we can validate the claim and we would hope the winner is consulting a lawyer and a financial advisor and getting things in order so they can when they get the money cash payout would be in maryland about 105 million dollars and that they're prepared to take that and use it responsibly.
>> you saw the frensy. we bought a i can at thisset here and folks everywhere lining up and about every convenience store or gas station they could. it is interesting. sounds to me like a movie that i even saw recently about the lottery and what happens. here have you a mcdonald's worker that says she hidden the ticket in the mcdoppler always and the co-workers salivating to know if she is lying, telling the truth, a ticket they pout with the pool and it adds to the chaos and i guess maybe a little bit of the perhaps it could be me thing that happens with this lottery.
>> certainly the jackpot captured the imagination of america and i think over the entire run about $1.5 billion of tickets from mega millions were purchased that comes out to roughly $5 for every man, woman and child in the country although we know that children were not buying tickets, so it was obviously something that people were intensely interested in. i think this is one rumor that has captured the imagination of the media more than anyone.
>> and of the co-workers because i am sure they're treatmenting of the money if it is possible. do you have a time limit on when you have to come forward and claim your money?
>> in maryland they have 182 days so there is still plenty of time and we hope they're getting good advice and they will come in on their own schedule.
>> we will see what happens. thank you so much for joining us. we have been trying to get you on for a couple of days. thank you for joining us this time.
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