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Image If you are reading this blog, I think it is safe to say you probably didn’t win the Mega Millions lotto last Friday.

Sad, I know.

I had a dollar and a dream too.

Unfortunately, for the woman claiming to be the Maryland winner, the dream of being a millionaire has turned into a nightmare.

There were three wining tickets in last week’s $656 million Mega Millions lotto, one of which was in the possession of a Maryland woman named Mirlande Wilson.

Wilson says the $105 million lump sum she’ll receive after taxes is all hers, but her co-workers claim otherwise.

Wilson’s co-workers at McDonald’s said they all went in on the ticket together and the money belongs to all of them.

Now, Wilson is trying to explain her way out of the million-dollar split.

“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” the 37-year-old reportedly told the Post. “I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket.”

Wilson allegedly bought tickets for the group at the 7-Eleven in Milford Mill, where the winning ticket was sold.

The group’s tickets and a list of those who contributed to the pool were left in an office safe inside the store.

Later that evening, before the lotto drawing, the owner of the McDonald’s, Birul Desai, supposedly gave Wilson $5 to buy more tickets for the pool on her way home from work.

Wilson then went back to the 7-Eleven and bought the additional tickets, but she supposedly took those tickets home with her.

Wilson claims she bought the second batch of tickets with someone else outside of the pool and the winning ticket came from that pile.

Yet, another monkey wrench in this McMystery, the winning Maryland ticket has yet to be claimed.

Yohannes Michael, a clerk at the 7-Eleven where the woman bought the tickets said she doesn’t even think Wilson really won; instead she reportedly said lottery officials have reviewed the store’s video and believe that a man bought the winning ticket.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland lottery, http://abcnews.go.com/US/mega-millions-winners-lottery-officials-call-rumored-stories/story?id=16054861 ABCNews.com that there is "no indication" that Wilson’s story is true.

Winners were announced in Illinois and Kansas too, but officials in those states said today that their respective winners have not yet come forward.

Photo Source: NY Post

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