A pool of McDonald's Mega Millions players still believes coworker Mirlande Wilson made like the Hamburglar and stole all the winnings. Now the group is taking its beef to court.
Fourteen employees from a Baltimore-area Golden Arches are suing Wilson for their share of the $218.6 million lottery ticket, reports the Baltimore Sun.
The complaint hinges on whether Wilson actually had the winning ticket and whether she schemed to keep from sharing the prize with her fellow Big Mac slingers, as agreed upon. She briefly made headlines in April when she claimed a winning ticket and then said she lost it.
Three Maryland educators dubbing themselves "The Three Amigos" later stepped forward to claim the prize. Lottery officials declared them the legitimate winners and Wilson's actions were dismissed as a hoax.
But the McDonald's workers assert in the suit that Wilson did hold the winning ticket and orchestrated an elaborate ruse to recruit the educators to cash it, notes Courthouse News. After doling out smaller shares to them and her lawyer, she would have a much larger share to keep for herself, the suit contends.
Lately, Maryland has been a hotbed of alleged lottery fraud. Reports emerged in September of Hyattsville resident Ramon Ortiz, an undocumented worker from Guatemala, suing a coworker for claiming his $1 million lottery jackpot. He says Rosa Lopez was cashing his ticket as a favor because he had no Social Security number and was supposed to give him the winnings.
The alleged deceit in the McDonald's case appears more complicated. Dominique Gourdet, listed as the lead plaintiff in court records, says he was Wilson's live-in boyfriend at the time and she confessed all: She had the winning ticket and showed him pictures of it on her cell phone. And she conspired with the educators and her lawyer to claim a heftier share of that one ticket. In total, the payout for that winning number across the country was $656 million.
Both Wilson and Lottery officials dismissed the accusations to the Sun.
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