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Md. woman says winning Mega Millions ticket “misplaced”

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BALTIMORE — A Maryland woman who claims to have the winning Mega Millions ticket now says it has been “misplaced.”

Mirlande Wilson of Baltimore told WRC-TV in Washington that, if she found the ticket, she would claim the jackpot.

Wilson, a 37-year-old Haitian immigrant and mother of seven, had previously said she hid the ticket at the McDonald’s where she works.

Her attorney, Edward Smith Jr., said during a news conference Thursday that he hasn’t seen the ticket and that Wilson wanted the media to go away.

Maryland lottery officials said winners can come forward and remain anonymous. Winners there have 182 days, or about six months, to claim their lottery winnings.

Lottery officials told WRC-TV on Friday that nobody had come forward yet.

One of three winning tickets for the record-breaking $656 million prize was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill just four hours before the drawing. The others were sold in Kansas and Illinois.

Kansas Lottery officials said Friday that the holder of that state’s winning ticket had come forward and wished to remain anonymous.