$100m lottery row: McDonald's worker refuses to share with syndicate

A McDonald's worker who claims to have a winning ticket for the world's biggest lottery prize said she will not share her millions with the colleagues with whom she was in a syndicate.

Mirlande Wilson, a 37-year-old Haitian immigrant, said she purchased the ticket, now worth more than $US100 million, with her own money separately from those bought for the 14-strong syndicate at the fast food restaurant in Milford Mill, Maryland. Her irate co-workers, who earn around $US7 an hour, say that they each contributed $5 before sending her out to buy tickets for the group a few hours before Friday's Mega Millions draw, and are demanding she splits the prize.

These people are going to kill you. It's not worth your life.

The boyfriend of a manager at the McDonald's said he told Miss Wilson: "These people are going to kill you. It's not worth your life."

CCTV footage shows that the winning ticket was bought from a nearby grocery store at 7.15pm - around the time the McDonald's workers agree Miss Wilson went to the shop. In a phone call to the restaurant shortly after the numbers were announced at 11pm, Miss Wilson is said to have shouted: "I won, I won."

Americans spent nearly $US1.5 billion in the run up to the draw - the equivalent of $US5 for every man, woman and child in the country - and officials say the $US640 million jackpot was shared by three tickets, bought in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.

Miss Wilson, a mother-of-seven, told the New York Post: "The winning ticket was a separate ticket."

The director of the Maryland Lottery said that the prize had yet to be claimed.

The Daily Telegraph, London