BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC) — The intrigue surrounding a Maryland woman who claims to have won last week’s record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot intensified Wednesday as her attorney held a press conference in Baltimore that yielded few answers.
Attorney Edward Smith, who represents alleged winner Marlinde Wilson, told reporters he had not seen the winning ticket, nor did he want to during the 20-minute long session with the media.
“I cannot say with any certainty that this ticket exists,” said Smith.
Previously, the 37-year-old Wilson told the New York Post she stashed the ticket in a location that only she knew about inside the McDonald’s restaurant where she worked.
However, the owner of the restaurant at that location cannot verify those claims.
“Recent media reports are now claiming that a manager at my McDonald’s restaurant hid the alleged winning ticket somewhere on restaurant property. I have absolutely no evidence to support these claims,” Birul Desai said. “As I stated previously, until the winning ticket is presented and verified, this is all just speculation.”
There were also reports Wilson purchased the ticket with a group of co-workers. However, she has claimed to have purchased the winning ticket separately at a 7-Eleven in Baltimore County.
Wilson’s attorney added they would be ready to defend what he feels is a legitimate claim by his client.
Two other winning tickets were sold in Illinois and Kansas.
Smith pleaded with reporters to stop hounding his client so that she and her family may resume living their lives. The plea fell on deaf ears as Wilson was surrounded by cameras as she left the press conference and drove away in her old Honda sedan.