Mirlande Wilson is the McDonald’s employee who made headlines last month after she claimed to have won the $656 million dollar jackpot and hid the ticket at her place of work. At the time, she claimed that she had bought the ticket on her own accord, and it was separate from the group of tickets she had purchased with her co-workers. Well, her co-workers have filed a civil suit against Wilson, claiming she defrauded the Maryland Lottery in order to deprive them of their lawful share of the winning,s according to the Baltimore Sun.
Wilson had called a press conference back in April to announce that she had the winning ticket hidden at the McDonald’s. She later claimed that she lost the ticket.
The complaint filed by the McDonald’s workers says that they put Wilson in charge of buying the tickets for them collectively. The complaint alleges that after the drawing Wilson even told some of her co-workers “we won,” according to Courthouse News.
Since the whole affair took place, three public school teachers, who refer to themselves as the “Three Amigos,” claim they have the winning ticket. The McDonald’s employees are claiming that Wilson conspired with the “Three Amigos” to turn in the ticket for her so that she can keep a bigger piece of the prize.
The McDonald’s worker’s complaint states:
“Since that time, defendant Wilson has repeatedly admitted that those individuals were mere nominees, on her behalf, and that arrangements had been made to ensure that she would later receive nearly all the lottery proceeds.”
Wilson told the Baltimore Sun that the charges are all false.
Carole Everett, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery, told the press that the lawsuit “sounds like wishful thinking from a group who had their hopes unfairly raised by Wilson in the first place.”