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Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald’s into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie.
Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” McDonald’s “winner’’ Mirlande Wilson 37, told The Post yesterday, insisting she alone bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout.
MONEY TROUBLES: Mirlande Wilson (above) claims she purchased a winning Mega Millions ticket for herself and won’t share it with co-workers in her pool, including Davon Wilson and Suleiman Osman Husein.
“I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket,” the single mother of seven said as she and her fiancé left her home in the squalid Westport neighborhood to attend church.
The Haitian immigrant refused to show what she said was the winning ticket, claiming she had it hidden in another location and would present it to lottery officials today.
Pressed as the day went on, she became more cagey.
“I don’t know if I won. Some of the numbers were familiar. I recognized some of [them],’’ she said. “I don’t know why’’ people are saying differently. “I’m going to go to the lottery office [today]. I bought some tickets separately.”
With winning tickets also sold in Illinois and Kansas, a single Maryland winner would get an after-tax lump sum of $105 million, or $5.59 million a year for 26 years.
If Wilson won, and if it was with a pooled work ticket, the situation would be shockingly similar to that of New Jersey lottery louse Americo Lopes, who tried to screw five former colleagues after hitting a $24 million jackpot before a jury ordered him to spread the wealth.
Wilson’s co-workers — who make little more than $7.50 an hour — are sizzling with anger over the notion.
“She can’ t do this to us!” said Suleiman Osman Husein, a shift manager and one of 15 members in the pool. “We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!”
A man identifying himself as the boyfriend of a McDonald’s manager named Layla, who was part of the pool, said Wilson bought tickets for the group at the 7-Eleven in Milford Mill, where the winning ticket was sold.
The group’s tickets — along with a list of those who contributed to the pool — were left in an office safe at the burger joint, said the man, who gave only his first name, Allen, as he stood next to Layla. She declined to comment.
Then, late Friday, before the night’s drawing, the owner of the McDonald’s, Birul Desai, gave Wilson $5 to buy more tickets for the pool on her way home from work, and she went back to the 7-Eleven and bought them, Allen said.
Wilson took those tickets home with her, Allen said.
But Wilson insisted yesterday that she had bought the second batch with an unidentified pal — not for the pool — and that the winning ticket was among them.
A day earlier, a delirious Wilson had called co-workers to break the news — tellingly used the first-person singular.
“I won! I won!” she cried, Allen said.
Another colleague, Davon Wilson, no relation, said he was there when Mirlande Wilson called.
“She said, ‘Turn on the news.’ She said she had won. I thought it was a joke or something. She doesn’t seem like a person who’d do this,” he said.
Allan said he and Layla went to Wilson’s home and pounded on the door for 20 minutes until she finally came out.
“These people are going to kill you. It’s not worth your life!” Allen said he told her.
“All right! All right! I’ll share, but I can’t find the ticket right now,” she finally said, according to Allen.
Yohannes Michael, a clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought the tickets, expressed doubts about her story when he said yesterday that lottery officials have reviewed the store’s video and believe that a man bought the winning ticket. Lottery rep Carole Everett would not confirm that.
Reached at his Fairfax, Va., home, Desai, the McDonald’s owner, declined to comment except to say, “It’s all bulls–t, if you ask me. It’s speculation.”
By Staff Reporter
AFP European Edition
Apr 02, 2012 09:11 EDT
Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from Conservative backbenchers over plans to extend the government’s powers to monitor people’s email exchanges and website visits.
The measures would see Internet firms being instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the government’s electronic “listening” agency — to examine “on demand” and in “real time” details of any phone call, text message or email, and any website visited.
A previous bid to introduce a similar law was dropped by Labour in 2006 amid fierce opposition from the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
The Home Office argues the proposals, expected to be unveiled in next month’s Queen’s Speech, are “vital” to combat terrorism and organised crime.
It also stressed a warrant would be needed to access the content of the communications being monitored.
However, data showing the time, duration and phone numbers in a communication or email addresses could be accessed without a warrant.
The latest government plans have been opposed by rights groups and now a growing number of Tory MPs.
“It is not focusing on terrorists or on criminals. It is absolutely everybody. Historically governments have been kept out of our private lives,” said Conservative former shadow home secretary David Davis on BBC radio.
“Our freedom and privacy has been protected by using the courts by saying ‘If you want to intercept, if you want to look at something, fine, if it is a terrorist or a criminal go and ask a magistrate and you’ll get your approval’.
“You shouldn’t go beyond that in a decent, civilised society but that is what is being proposed.”
Mark Field, a Conservative member of the the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, which oversees the work of the intelligence agencies, raised the likelihood of significant opposition from MPs over the measures.
“I would imagine… that they would be extremely concerned if this were to see the light of day in legislation in this entirely unvarnished way,” he told BBC radio.
“I think the notion of having a warrant and having this done through an open and transparent legal process is one that has worked well and I hope that it will work well in the future.”
Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil liberties group Liberty, denounced the move as “a pretty drastic step in a democracy.”
The Home Office said ministers were preparing to legislate “as soon as parliamentary time allows” but said the data to be monitored would not include content.
“It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public,” a spokesman said.
“We need to take action to maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes.
“Communications data includes time, duration and dialling numbers of a phone call, or an email address.
“It does not include the content of any phone call or email and it is not the intention of government to make changes to the existing legal basis for the interception of communications.”
Source: AFP European Edition
Tom DeWeese, the founder and director of the American Policy Center http://www.AmericanPolicy.org informs an audience in Albany, NY about the origins of Agenda 21, the central planning strategy that has grown out of the United Nations since 1993 to become soft law in the cities and counties across America to control all facets of the economy for an international redistribution of wealth.
This United Nations program lays out a comprehensive plan of sustainable development locally, nationally, and globally in every area where humans affect the environment. Basically it’s the UN’s plan to establish control over all human activity, including man’s reputed contribution to climate change. The UN is at the hub of a global network working to submerge the independence of all nations in a world government controlled by the elites, and JBS calls for the U.S. to get out of the U.N.
A successful Hollywood producer who had an insider’s view of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign claims she heard Bill Clinton say that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president.
Bettina Viviano – who started her own film production company in 1990 after serving as vice president of production for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment – told WND that it was common knowledge among delegates committed to Hillary that the Clintons believed Obama was constitutionally ineligible and that Bill Clinton would eventually disclose his belief to the public.
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Despite booking video from the Sanford Police Department that many say shows George Zimmerman largely unscathed from his encounter with Trayvon Martin, the neighbor said he saw Zimmerman with obvious injuries. Watch the video and read more below.
Neighbor defends George Zimmerman
Updated: Friday, 30 Mar 2012, 10:33 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 30 Mar 2012, 10:33 PM EDT
TAMPA – One of George Zimmerman’s neighbors is speaking out, saying looks can be deceiving.
Despite booking video from the Sanford Police Department that many say shows George Zimmerman largely unscathed from his encounter with Trayvon Martin, the neighbor said he saw Zimmerman with obvious injuries.
The neighbor is talking for the first time about what he saw on George Zimmerman’s face less than 24-hours after Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
“I saw George. He was banged up. His head had two big bandages, that weren’t flat, had a bump on them,” the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said.
He described where the injuries were.
“I seen him have a big bandage on his nose and his nose swollen. On the side, where his eyes were at, it was swollen,” he said.
He points out exactly where on a picture.
“I seen the bandage right here, and this side of his nose and this side of his nose was swollen.
The surveillance video was released by Sanford police of Zimmerman when he was brought in for questioning after the shooting. Bruises and bandages aren’t visible, but you can see an officer looking at the back of his head.
“Once you get into a fight you don’t show bruises that day, it shows the next day,” he said.
The neighbor says Zimmerman had to have acted in self-defense.
“I think something happened that night where he had to defend himself,” the neighbor said.
He says that the voice heard screaming on the 911 call is that of George Zimmerman.
“I hear his voice every single day, I talk to him every single day,” he said.
He says the case has haunted him.
“I’ve been thinking about it morning noon and night ever since I seen the bandages on him,” he said.
He believes Zimmerman was defending his life, and that’s why he’s defending Zimmerman now. He says he doesn’t believe race played a role in what happened.
“I don’t think race is involved at all, because I’ve seen black, African-American folks come to George’s house,” he said.
The neighbor says he’s tired of Zimmerman being portrayed as the bad guy.
“Everyone needs to let the justice system take its course before rushing to judgment,” he said.