The Illinois farm town of Red Bud is buzzing with rumors over who is the big winner of one of three tickets for the largest lottery in history. MotoMart Store Manager Denise Metzger, the store where the ticket was sold, says she doesn't know who bought it. With about 37-hundred people, Red Bud is in Randoloph County, about 36 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Meanwhile, there's a mega controversy brewing today over the record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. The winning ticket sold in Maryland is causing all the commotion. That's because 37-year-old Mirlande Wilson was part of an office pool, but claims to have purchased another ticket for herself, and it's that ticket the single mother of seven tells the "New York Post" was the big winner. Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Maryland's Lottery Director Stephen Martino says he can't substantiate the woman's story.
Leaving her fellow McDonald's employees out of the winning would mean Wilson would only have to share the record 656-million dollar jackpot with two others. That breaks down to a lump sum payment of 105 million bucks or slightly more than five and a half million dollars a year for the next 26 years.