There were three winners in Friday's record setting Mega Millions jackpot. Winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland. With all of the hype surrounding this thing, wouldn't you know that a controversy would develop? Well, it has. Merlande Wilson, the holder of the winner in Maryland, claims that the 1/3 share of the total jackpot ($105 million after taxes) is hers and hers alone. Her coworkers disagree. You see, Merlande participated in a buying pool where she works at McDonald's. She claims that the winning ticket was purchased with EXTRA money, outside of the pool money that she was entrusted with to buy tickets for the group.
In my opinion, this sounds like a classic case of someone turning selfish. We're talking about $105 million here. Come on Merlande, even splitting that with your 15 coworkers would still make you a millionaire, and set you up for life if you were smart. Now, unless some agreement can be made by the workers themselves, it looks like lawyers will swoop in and get a big chunk of it as they battle it out in court. What a mess!