CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Mirlande Wilson didn’t solve the mystery about the March 30, 2012 Mega Millions winners today. Officials tell news that Mirlande Wilson (photos below) did not present a winning ticket to them in Maryland Thursday. During a midday news conference, Maryland heads confirmed that neither Mirlande Wilson nor anyone else has presented them a Maryland winning ticket. The news comes one day after Wilson’s own attorney could not confirm that she was in possession of a winning Maryland ticket.
Mirlande Wilson initially told news that she was the Maryland winner of the March 30, 2012 Mega Millions draw. Three total winners, from three different states, had the winning numbers that night. In a news interview days later with the New York Post, Wilson proclaimed herself the winner, never showing a winning ticket. Since then, when approached by local news, even her own attorney, Mirlande Wilson wouldnât show anyone the purported ticket.
Officials in a news conference today confirmed they know when the winning ticket was sold in Maryland, and where it was sold. But there is confusion about whether a man or woman purchased the ticket.
Officials during Thursdayâs news briefing reassured national news that they have watched the surveillance video recording inside the 7-11 at the time the ticket was sold. They claim the time stamp between the video and the ticket purchase do not match.
But Maryland Lottery director Stephen Martino would not tell news the relevancy of the time-stamp. Even if the videotape’s time clock was different that ticket machine’s time clock, were there other people making purchases at the same time? Martino’s implied there was.
Martino tells news that people who bought tickets in the 7-11 on Liberty Avenue in Baltimore at around 7:15 pm on March 30 to reexamine their ticket. Martino said he fears that someone may have bought the ticket and thrown it away. âWe look forward to the day when the winner comes forward and we get an opportunity to meet them and hear their story,â Martino said.
Could the ticket been thrown away? That remains to be seen. And did Wilson ever have the ticket? That remains unanswered. Edward Smith Jr. tells news that represents Wilson, that he hasnât seen the ticket, and he isn’t sure if she even owns such a ticket. “I have not seen the ticket, nor do I want to see the ticket. We believe it to be a legitimate claim. When it is time to present the ticket or whatever it is that needs to be presented to the lottery commissioner, I am sure that we will be there.”
The due date to present winning tickets from the March 30, 2012 Mega Million is Sept. 28, Martino told news.