Earlier this week, Mirlande Wilson claimed she had a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, which she bought separately from a pool of tickets that she purchased for her fellow employees at a McDonald's in Milford Mills, Maryland.
Now, Wilson, of Baltimore, Maryland, tells the New York Post that the winning ticket is hidden somewhere in the McDonald’s: "I left my ticket there and it's somewhere safe that only I know about."
"I'm waiting for things to calm down so I can go back to McDonald's and get it. the people there are too excited. I want their heads to cool down before I go back."
However, the manager of the McDonald's said: "That's impossible. She didn't come back here."
Maryland lottery officials say no one has come forward to claim the prize and cannot confirm Wilson’s story.
Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, said: “One of the worst things that could happen is for someone to erroneously believe that the winning ticket’s been claimed only to have the actual holder of the ticket be confused and maybe throw away the ticket."
On her Facebook page, Wilson promised to donate all of the lotto winnings to rebuild her native Haiti, which has been decimated by earthquakes.