Attorney of alleged Mega Millions winner speaks out
Edward Smith Jr. responds
- Duration 11:10
- Date Apr 5, 2012
Edward Smith Jr. responds
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Kelly -- -- -- session on the docket today brand new developments in the McDonald's Mega Millions masks.
The Maryland lottery director speaking out moments ago saying you know what has yet come forward with the winning ticket.
Since no one has claimed the ticket and since no one has even approach -- We would encourage people you look at it it's very closely to make sure if you purchase a ticket from -- and on -- wrote in Baltimore County.
I'm important -- in all of the information -- out there in the medium.
You cannot be mistaken in thinking in particular it's been cleaned only to have a legitimate ticket holder and -- their tickets.
That would truly meeting a tragedy in in this circumstance.
Can you imagine did.
The director making clear despite one woman's claims that she bought the winning ticket it could still very well be out there you could be holding it right now.
Here's the back story for those of you who missed the whole media circus a McDonald's employee Orlando will -- Claimed she has one of the three winning tickets to last week's Mega Millions jackpot the other two winners already identified she's at a Maryland.
Maryland says it had the winning ticket.
She also says she -- the winning ticket at this mcdonalds in Maryland right under the noses of our co workers who claim that it that it's their ticket -- You see she also bought tickets for a pool she was in at McDonald's but she claims she then bought tickets for herself separately.
No one's seen the so called winning ticket no one's submitted the so called winning ticket.
Not even -- -- lawyer so how do we even know that she is telling the truth.
Edward Smith junior is the alleged planners attorney.
And he makes a special appearance in Kelly's court today and we thank you so much for being here -- us.
So we watched you yesterday hold this press conference I was shocked to hear you say I have not seen the ticket nor I wanna see the ticket me.
Well -- and I'm a lawyer and I try to solve problems for people.
I don't need to see the ticket to hear my client's explanation.
A -- is that and she has not turned in the ticket her reasons are her own.
She did not create.
This news media frenzy.
It was not of her own volition that she.
Had to come forward.
Under Maryland law a person can remain anonymous until the -- that they present the ticket to the -- -- lottery commission.
But now she she did speak to the post obviously people are interested in her as they are the other winners.
She did speak to the post and she claims to have the winning ticket so does she have the winning ticket or doesn't -- Well it's the same answer is true today as it was yesterday.
I don't know.
No I did not -- -- because it was not important to what I have to do is an attorney.
It's her official position.
That she is the winner and she has the ticket.
That is my understanding.
Of exactly what her official position is is -- official position that she hit the ticket in the McDonald's.
I don't believe it is the case.
Let me say this when people are have money at stake.
On both sides of the controversy as you have drawn it to your listeners sometimes they react in ways.
That are not logical.
And our emotional and and I think in this particular instance.
We're taking a lot from a person -- under tremendous amount of pressure.
And -- -- single -- he's got seven kids.
We're talking about a 105 million dollars after taxes.
And what we're talking about his seven kids or home on spring break.
And a lot of people from the news media the national media who -- camped outside of her house until yesterday when I asked them the go home.
And I think most of them have thought it out and decided that that was the best thing to do.
Nobody -- you've got -- -- if she's got a hundred and tip five million bucks coming -- Post taxes the news media -- -- problem but she's got this great this is a great great moment in her life.
I think most of my viewers -- -- -- -- One net Mega Millions.
I would sign that that ticket it I would be -- like OJ Simpson in the airplane.
To the Maryland lottery commission that didn't get -- I hope that most of your listeners would not do that.
I hope that most of your listeners would realize how blessed they are to have children to have family and to have more than just money in their -- A hundred million dollars doesn't -- either.
All I would just assume that for some people that might be the case but they are more important things in this life than just having money.
-- just throw it away she didn't throw the -- she did get away was she given to those co workers at McDonald's who won on tour.
People who would do just that they would give it away to charity they would do things with that that would make a difference in people's lives and I'm not so sure that she won't.
She can't cash first at work yes sir yes ma'am she does then.
I understand that them win that is necessary I will be a part of that presentation.
To our fine Maryland lottery commission.
While well it's a fascinating case and we appreciate you coming on talking and talking to us about it and we.
-- -- -- -- -- I appreciate you inviting me taking their -- is there about how about that.
Joining us now our legal panel mark I'd like former prosecutor defense attorney and Mercedes Colwin Fox News legal analyst how did you.
It was that.
I'm not dying and -- re not only you don't think she's got hey you know what he is bent on defending the indefensible brought.
-- -- we I don't know yeah oh I don't know I don't know what if it is in defense of.
I mean -- -- ECB say he's under a lot of pressure single mom seven kids overwhelmed.
Yeah so let's hold a press conference -- other clients sit back -- you.
Never seen the ticket noting wanna see the -- listen what a whopper of a -- pun intended.
I think -- -- great Mick -- radio over here is getting her fifteen minutes I don't think she has the -- her attorney doesn't look at what questioning her veracity.
Or questioning her credibility in what interview she even said something like I don't know what all the some want the publicity I don't know that I need to -- -- it.
Listen you would not go over your grandmother could get back to the -- No she would have to -- and at first -- whopper is that Nick Berg.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Because she has more important things in life -- money he absolutely is a -- It -- you really get that ticket he certainly you.
-- carried himself well through that examination by about.
Honestly I think he's really have to just protect his client's interest and many of us.
We've all been there with a client now think attorney client privilege to taxes you're not going to be out there in the public well.
Disclosing what your client has told you and confident she and that's an issue that might be at hand she confuse.
A solid Associated Press conference she confuse -- -- she's she's sitting behind the press conference what is the -- say again.
-- -- -- suites like we're grind okay which we thought maybe this is all just a big promo for that.
But she's sitting there this press coverage about her alleged -- and a five million dollars and she takes like three phone call she stuck on the -- -- Market -- you know it just doesn't seem to people that she's got the winning ticket.
-- and her demeanor is inconsistent with a lottery winner and more consistent with someone who got a good number at the Delhi.
The only one is getting rich here is this attorney who's getting rich probably -- -- all.
He Arctic front I had an important question Korea I would I've got twenty seconds to the -- -- heartbreak or to continue this but this of the question and talk about next if she doesn't happen.
And she cause somebody who did have it to dump it.
Thinking real because there was the Maryland confirm that lottery confirmed they did -- winning ticket in Maryland it hasn't tested and that person go after somebody.
How -- we ever gonna know we're gonna talk.
-- the lottery today said one winning ticket was sold in Maryland at 7:15 PM up less than four hours before the drawing.
At a 7-Eleven in Baltimore.
We don't know whether that's where this woman was at this at that said time and place but Mercedes if there's another winner out there.
That's valuable information to them and what if they no longer have.
They're winning ticket but -- those numbers all the time -- And then unfortunately the lottery ticket itself.
Do you think property right when you sign it and presented so there's no contractual right if it wasn't contract -- issue.
Then certainly does Maryland woman who came and basically may have defrauded everybody would then could be sued for -- -- -- -- -- a contractual claim out there.
But none of -- of -- lottery ticket signing.
Hold onto it it certainly -- all this controversy they can't come aren't that I didn't know I like third out yeah -- -- animal.
That you had the winner if you don't have the ticket in hand somebody may have thrown away their ticket mark.
Thinking -- somebody else one that's what we all do -- like you hear somebody won I don't know maybe you do check your ticket for it -- Judd.
I wanna write this could she be in trouble if she's not the winner and she put everybody through this could she be in any trouble legally criminal.
Now and I agree with Mercedes -- I -- and and I I would be embarrassed if I threw it might take especially after learning.
From Willy Wonka what we -- you know the fifth -- was a fraud and a Charlie kept going -- his dream come true.
That's so was that yeah.
Completing it -- -- that possibly want and reported in Atlanta an old man you guys look we felt -- children.
Yeah true that's rights -- rights -- let me let me just get a final poll that really go.
At does anyone here believe that she has the winning ticket and up.
-- no no no no -- it.
What did she go -- she was at the McDonald's at 715 in Baltimore as the Maryland lottery commission says the winner was.
So this -- he's just he's centric she still -- that ticket did two's I -- but that would that make you believe.
Now not really.
Now not then no I don't mark mental -- addicts running those -- -- where is the winner.
Where's the winner and if that -- it.
Who is it where are they may and it's not about money we learned it's all about love and happiness.
-- -- you know we don't there's only so materialistic me -- Mike Stanley and my hundred million dollars for the I guys I gotta go.
Get a -- and we'll be right back they care.