The air went out of Mirlande Wilson¿s tale about a Mega Million¿s jackpot ticket hidden at a Windsor Mill McDonald's Tuesday, when lottery officials announced that the actual winners have come forward ¿ and produced the winning ticket.
Baltimore County McDonald's employee Mirlande Wilson appeared at a news conference with her attorney, Edward Smith Jr. He took questions, but neither would acknowledge whether she is in fact the Mega Millions lottery winner.
After no one won the $363 million jackpot the Mega Millions game offered in Tuesday evening's drawing, lottery organizers estimated that Friday's bonanza would be $476 million. But early Wednesday, the Mega Millions team raised the projected top prize to $500 million.
The winning numbers for last night's Mega Millions jackpot were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball was 24. No one matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, so Friday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $500 million.
No one matched all six numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, so the jackpot for Friday climbed to $290 million, according to the Maryland Lottery. Tuesday night's winning numbers were 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14, and the Mega Ball was 30.