Mega Millions winner: I … can’t find the ticket

posted at 3:46 pm on April 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Three possibilities. One: She really did win and really can’t find the ticket, in which case this is the greatest “Twilight Zone” episode that Rod Serling never wrote. Although, per the clip below, she seems awfully mellow about it, no? Or is she just sedated to keep her from having a nervous breakdown? Two: She really did win but is lying about not knowing where the ticket is, maybe as part of a harebrained scheme to convince her angry co-workers that there’s no jackpot to be shared after all. Read this NY Post story from a few days ago for background on that. Apparently the entire staff at the McDonald’s where she works pooled their money on tickets, which she was in charge of buying. As luck would have it, though, the winning ticket was bought with her own personal money — or so she claims. Maybe she thinks the “I can’t find the ticket” gambit will convince her colleagues that they’re all out of luck, and that they, er, won’t notice when she jets off on her new Lear to go live in paradise.

Three: There never was any winning ticket. Dude:

“I’m still looking for it. I haven’t even looked in my uniform pants yet,” the flaky single mom of seven admitted. “I’m still looking everywhere to find it, in my purse, everywhere.”…

At first, she claimed to have the ticket herself before changing her story to say it was in a safe place at an undisclosed location.

Then on Tuesday she stunned her colleagues at the fast-food joint by saying she’d hidden the elusive ticket somewhere in the suburban Baltimore McDonald’s

“It’s a blessing from God. If it’s meant to be, we’ll [find and] claim the ticket,” she said.

After news first broke about her having possibly won, she said, “I don’t know if I won. Some of the numbers were familiar. I recognized some of [them].” Cops have reviewed surveillance video from the 7-11 where the winning ticket was sold, but because the camera’s timestamp isn’t synced to the lottery machine’s timestamp, they can’t (yet) tell who bought which ticket when. In fact, one of their worries now is that the real winner might have heard that someone else in the area won and then threw his/her ticket away without checking the numbers. Dude.

Seems like there’s an easy way to test whether she really did win, though. Find out from her friends and co-workers when was the first time she told someone she won. If she mentioned it before Mega Millions went public with the fact that a winner was sold at the 7-11 where she bought her tickets, that’s pretty strong (but obviously not conclusive) evidence.

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She probably had it and knows where it is…in the hands of some law firm that will form a blind trust for her and claim they bought the ticket on their own office pool. They will take a smaller piece than splitting with her fellow workers.

It’s getting to be a common theme on the last few big pay-outs.

BTW, we need the location for that McDs…I would suggest to avoid it until further notice (“does this Big Mac smell funny to you”? and forget about the fillet o fish).

teejk on April 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

single mom of SEVEN.
working at McDonald’s.
yeh – she’s lying.
just watch her eyes.

pastselldate on April 6, 2012 at 8:13 PM

In fact, one of their worries now is that the real winner might have heard that someone else in the area won and then threw his/her ticket away without checking the numbers. Dude.

Who wouldn’t, at the very least, check their own tickets? That would be a level of dumb beyond even this ditzy woman.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The world’s most famous McDonald’s employee incredibly claimed she hadn’t even checked the uniform she was wearing the night she bought it.

Mayor McCheese, the Hamburgler and Ronald may have a bone to pick with her ’bout dat.

“Get outta my panz, fu.”

OkieDoc on April 6, 2012 at 8:43 PM

When asked for a yes or no if she had won she never answered and deflected the question. She is not being honest.

My guess: If she had the ticket it was one of the ticketed bought for the entire group and she is working to have someone else or a trust claim it.

CW on April 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I was trying mightily NOT to laugh at that video. But failed. That the poor reporter somehow kept a straight face while interviewing her is utterly remarkable.

The whole story is more of a “derp” than a “dude.”

Myron Falwell on April 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

when we pool our tix at work, we have copies made…at the very least, the person holding the tix lets us know what their own personal numbers are.

CycloneCDB on April 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM

If you want to know for sure? answer this question: Is she still showing up for work?

Seriously, if someone got the winning ticket from that same 7-11 and hasn’t claimed it is a pretty good indication that she has it. I don’t believe for a second that she lost the ticket, no way!

Dollayo on April 7, 2012 at 5:19 AM

when we pool our tix at work, we have copies made…at the very least, the person holding the tix lets us know what their own personal numbers are.

CycloneCDB on April 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Scan it into to an image file or a pdf file… Saves paper.

Dasher on April 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

when we pool our tix at work, we have copies made…at the very least, the person holding the tix lets us know what their own personal numbers are.

CycloneCDB on April 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Yep – I’ve done that for years on the few occasions I’ve been a ticket pool buyer. Common sense isn’t common though, is it?

Also, I told the people to “contribute whatever amount you want to the pot, and your winnings will be proportional to your contribution.” So if Tom contributes $5 to an eventual pot of $40, he gets one-eighth of the winnings, while the $1 bettor gets one-fortieth.

I worked with a group of people that could grasp that concept, but if you don’t then everyone needs to contribute the same amount.

E-R

electric-rascal on April 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM

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