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Mega drama unfolds in search of Marylandís winning ticket
The Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2012 | Meredith Somers

Posted on 04/06/2012 5:15:00 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Aside from the bizarre drama unfolding over the ticket to a record-breaking jackpot that may or may not be hidden in a Baltimore McDonald's, lottery officials on Thursday said nothing much has changed in the week since three winners were chosen in a Mega Millions drawing worth a half-billion dollars.

“Our status is no different from where we were Saturday morning,” Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters. “Until someone walks through our doors with the winning ticket in their hands … we will continue to wait for that person to come in.”

Officials in Maryland, where one of the tickets was sold, aren’t the only ones waiting. Winning tickets to the $656 million prize were also sold in northeastern Kansas and in Red Bud, Ill. No one has presented those tickets either.

But the aftermath of the drawing has been calmer in those states.

The atmosphere in Maryland took a turn for the scandalous on Monday, when the New York Post reported that a Haitian immigrant working at a Baltimore McDonald's not only had the winning ticket but was being accused of reneging on a lottery pool with her fellow employees.

As if that weren’t enough, her story soon changed to include a secret hiding place within the fast-food restaurant, which is down the street from the lucky 7-Eleven that sold the ticket.

The woman, 37-year-old Mirlande Wilson, held a news conference at which her attorney, Edward Smith Jr., spoke for her.

“I cannot say with any certainty this ticket exists,” Mr. Smith said, compounding an already baffling situation.

The owner of the McDonald's, Birul Desai, issued a statement of his own on Thursday saying rumors of a treasure hidden in his store were “all just speculation.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: lottery; mcdonalds; megacrazy; megamillions; megapsycho; mirlandewilson

1 posted on 04/06/2012 5:15:05 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 04/06/2012 5:15:44 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is quickly turning into a Coen Bros. movie.


3 posted on 04/06/2012 5:17:08 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why does the media fall for this crap?
No tickee, no washee! is the rule...unless you HAVE the ticket in hand you don’t win. There is NO story here until someone with a TICKET in hand shows up at Maryland lottery headquarters!
Freegards
Lex


4 posted on 04/06/2012 5:20:09 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wouldn’t you just know something like ‘Mirlande’ would win the jackpot?


5 posted on 04/06/2012 5:22:14 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If I had that ticket, I’d be loading up a U-haul and establishing ironclad residence in a state that doesn’t have an income tax. Only then would I present the ticket.

6.5% MD tax would be a $10-15 million hit. It’d be worth it just to see those parasites in Annapolis howl.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 5:29:07 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would not be surprised if Obama sent the Secret Service to that McDonald’s and found the ticket, or took it from the woman.


7 posted on 04/06/2012 5:33:46 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

—As if that weren’t enough, her story soon changed to include a secret hiding place within the fast-food restaurant—

She must have seen the end of the movie/play “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 5:43:04 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: patriot08

Why wouldn’t anyone believe it was something other than a “Mirlande Miracle?”

Ain’t it just the most amazin’est thing??


9 posted on 04/06/2012 5:44:37 AM PDT by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t get why the attorney doesn’t know if the alleged winning ticket even exists. I’d think before taking on Ms. Wilson as a client he would want to see the ticket with his own eyes.

Either he is one stupid lawyer or he’s a party to a hoax.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 5:54:31 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
If I had that ticket, I’d be loading up a U-haul and establishing ironclad residence in a state that doesn’t have an income tax. Only then would I present the ticket.

6.5% MD tax would be a $10-15 million hit. It’d be worth it just to see those parasites in Annapolis howl.

I believe that state income tax is levied in the state in which the income was earned, not the state of residence of the winner. I wouldn’t just assume that if I were a MD resident when I bought the ticket and then moved to another state that didn’t have state income tax before claiming the ticket, that I wouldn’t still be liable for MD income tax. This is why lottery winners should consult with a very good, experienced and knowledgeable CPA, tax attorney, qualified investment advisor, etc. before coming forward to claim the prize.

11 posted on 04/06/2012 6:02:43 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Drew68

Many years ago, some guy, named Curtis something..also one of Holder’s peeps.....won about $50 mill in the NY state lottery..he shows up at Lottery HQ the next day, in a limo, wearing a tuxedo, with his wife AND his girlfriend...ten years later, he was bankrupt..


12 posted on 04/06/2012 6:15:54 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In 36o more days..if no ticket tunrs up, Matryland keeps the whole enchilada..


13 posted on 04/06/2012 6:17:04 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
“If I had that ticket, I’d be loading up a U-haul and establishing ironclad residence in a state that doesn’t have an income tax. Only then would I present the ticket.”

I doubt that would work. They are going to go by state of residence at the time of sale/drawing.

14 posted on 04/06/2012 6:23:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: ken5050

Is that 360 days (one year) or 36???

Sad if a winner is hospitalized or out of the country during that limited period and don’t even know they have a winning ticket.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 6:33:24 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: ken5050
In 36o more days..if no ticket tunrs up, Matryland keeps the whole enchilada..

Actually in Maryland it is 182 days.

16 posted on 04/06/2012 6:35:32 AM PDT by gunnut
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To: fatnotlazy

Free face time on the tube!
It pays to advertise!


17 posted on 04/06/2012 6:39:54 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Well, I just heard on the news that Ms, Wilson can’t find her ticket. Looks like the hoax is going to collapse and the attorney is going to look like a fool. Not good for business.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 6:47:26 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: ken5050
Curtis Sharp.

It was only $5m, but he seems like an okay guy.

19 posted on 04/06/2012 6:56:00 AM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She first said she bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven for herself, then said a co-worker purchased one for her while buying tickets for a group of McDonald’s employees.

She has also claimed to have hidden the ticket at McDonald’s — a claim her co-workers have said is dubious.

“She could not have hidden any ticket here,” one employee told the Daily News this week. “She hasn’t been back and she doesn’t have any locker to hide it. She would not hide it in the bathroom or anything.”


20 posted on 04/06/2012 7:04:00 AM PDT by sunny48 (America, home of the ofended)
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To: sunny48; All
She misplaced it.
 
Yeah. That's what happened.
 
~snort~


21 posted on 04/06/2012 7:24:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
It's not necessarily the state income tax as some states have 0% tax rate on lottery winnings such as (surprisingly)California. I've often wondered if you have to live in the state before you buy the ticket because your former state could have a claim for the taxes.
22 posted on 04/06/2012 7:28:19 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

My point was a winning lottery ticket is just a piece of paper with numbers on it until it is presented for payment.

It would seem that the “income” is not generated until the time the ticket is cashed. Therefore, wouldn’t the holder’s state of residence at that point be the driver?

Conversely, what if someone from California was visiting D.C. and bought a winning ticket in Maryland, flew back to CA and cashed it there? What could Maryland say?

It would be interesting if a lawyer or someone with actual knowledge of a situation like this would chime in.


23 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:22 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: bjorn14

That’s true for the California lottery (a state run lottery). If you win Mega, you will pay California state income tax.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 9:02:29 AM PDT by Daniel II (Really??????)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Before the drawing the Tax Foundation did a report and noted "Arizona has a withholding rate for non-residents, so an out of state winner could face double withholding." Of states, MN takes the biggest bite from lotto winners, 7.25%.

This tells me you want both live, and buy, in non-taxing lotto states to maximize your winnings. CA doesn't tax lotto winnings and participates in Mega Millions, seems like MD would have to have a law like AZ to make a tax claim.

25 posted on 04/06/2012 9:58:44 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: Daniel II
That’s true for the California lottery (a state run lottery). If you win Mega, you will pay California state income tax.

That appears incorrect according to the Mega Millions website.

The Franchise Tax Board has this to say:

a. California Lottery Winnings. California excludes California lottery winnings from taxable income. Enter in column B the amount of California lottery winnings included in the federal amount on line 21 in column A. Make no adjustment for lottery winnings from other states. They are taxable by California. California and federal laws allow gambling losses only to the extent of reported gambling income. If you reduced gambling income for California lottery income, you may need to reduce the losses included in the federal itemized deduction.

As CA participates, I don't see how Mega Millions is winnings from another state's lottery particularly if you bought the ticket in CA.

Perhaps CA could argue it's owed a bite out of a ticket bought in MD by a CA resident for Mega Millions.

This is why you want a good tax attorney if you win, so you don't make a mistake.

26 posted on 04/06/2012 10:10:57 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: newzjunkey

“Make no adjustment for lottery winnings from other states. They are taxable by California.”

Correct.

Mega is considered an out-of-state lottery since the drawing is not done in California, even though you can buy tickets here.

At least that is my understanding — but I could be wrong. It’s happened once or twice before. :)


27 posted on 04/06/2012 10:20:04 AM PDT by Daniel II (Really??????)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It's possible this woman does have the ticket but she's afraid her co-workers will file claim on it (from having been in the pool) so she's probably claiming it was lost and will have a trusted surrogate produce the winning ticket several months from now after she has thrown the posse off her trail by assuming a new name and finding a new place to live far, far away from Baltimore.

If the lawyer she has is any good, considering the money that is involved, they can arrange it in such a way that she can receive the bulk of the money without it ever being traced back to her and more importantly, without her ever being found.

28 posted on 04/06/2012 10:22:44 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 35 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: fatnotlazy

Did they spell his name correctly?


29 posted on 04/06/2012 11:44:17 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

OMG! Not only did I work my cousin’s snowball stand across from this 7-11, but went to that McD’s all the time for lunch time when working there! LOL

Something is whacked out with this woman.


30 posted on 04/06/2012 2:13:22 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This woman is absurd. What an embarrassment.

Typical of what one would find in Baltimore City...

UGH!


31 posted on 04/06/2012 6:26:34 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SnuffaBolshevik; Responsibility2nd

This might be of interest:

http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/28083.html


32 posted on 04/07/2012 1:24:59 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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