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Mirlande Wilson, alleged holder winning Mega Millions ticket in Maryland, hires new attorney

8:08 PM, Apr 4, 2012   |    comments
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By Tim Rutherford

Baltimore, MD (WMAR/CNN) - Lottery officials in Maryland are waiting for someone to come forward to claim their Mega Millions jackpot prize.

The Baltimore woman who says she has the ticket held a news conference with her lawyer Wednesday.

The problem is, it raised more questions than answers.

Mirlande Wilson claims she has the winning ticket to the huge $650 million Mega Millions jackpot.

The Westport woman appeared at a press conference Wednesday with her new lawyer, but she didn't speak. Her lawyer, Edward Smith Jr., hasn't see the ticket, nor has he asked to see it.

[Reporter]: "Do you know where the ticket is?"

"No sir I do not. I cannot say with any certainty that this ticket exists and I would caution anybody, until it's presented to the lottery commission for processing, that it does exist. We are only preparing in the event that people might challenge what we believe to be a legitimate claim," said Smith.

Wilson claims she bought the winning ticket separately from a McDonald's workplace pool she joined with 14 colleages.

"One can be placed in a precarious situation. Or someone else can place you in a precarious situation. We're suggesting that she never bargained for this," said Smith.

Smith chastised the media for its coverage of Wilson.

"I think the easiest way to be over with all this is for you all to go home and then when we get ready. Ms. Wilson gets ready then we can do what she desires to do. I think that sometimes there are external forces that work on us, that push us into situations that we just have to deal with. And this is one of them. I don't know where it came from. I can't identify who it was. But I do know that it has to be dealt with in a way that the law affords her due process," he said.

There were three jackpot winners in all; the second one sold in Kansas, the third in Illinois.

WMAR/CNN

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