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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