The lawsuit claims that 37-year-old Mirlande Wilson bought a successful lottery ticket with the group’s pooled cash and then averted giving them their payouts – though Wilson by no means really claimed the Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot award. Wilson briefly gained TV and Web fame in April for claiming to have won a ticket for the the Mega Tens of millions jackpot, which totaled $656 million at the time, and then failing to provide the successful ticket.
She eventually claimed that she had misplaced it.<br /> Days after Wilson claimed to have lost the ticket, three public college staff together with two teachers and an administrator came forward with a profitable ticket to say their prize. The winners, who selected to stay nameless, every acquired between $30 million and $40 million after taxes. The lawsuit towards Wilson claims that she had never lost the ticket, but that she gave it to the general public faculty employees in an effort to cut up the prize money amongst fewer folks.
One of the plaintiffs, Dominique Gordet, says he was Wilson’s live-in boyfriend at the time and that she confessed the flowery scheme to him.
‘Since that time, defendant Wilson has repeatedly admitted that these people had been mere nominees, on her behalf, and that preparations had been made to make sure that she would later obtain practically all the lottery proceeds,’ the lawsuit states.
The plaintiffs stated they gave Wilson more than $75 to purchase lottery tickets at a Shell fuel station near the McDonald’s where they labored.
On data and belief, she purchased, or precipitated another to buy, further tickets, including the successful ticket at a 7-11 convenience retailer in Baltimore County.
‘These extra tickets have been purchased by virtue of extra monies being paid into the pool after the primary purchase.’
Information of the lawsuit was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
Maryland lottery officers say there isn’t a evidence of fraud in the Mega Tens of millions winnings.