It looks like the circus is finally coming to a close, as the actual Maryland Mega Millions winner has spoken up to claim a third of the $656 million prize. The ticket-holder has wisely decided to keep his/her identity a secret, to maintain their privacy and avoid overshadowing the situation itself. So, this pretty much excludes Merlande Wilson.
There will be a press conference today, and it sounds like it will be pretty cut and dry:
They scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning, at which "no winners will be present," said Carole Everett, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery. When asked whether there was more than one winner, she responded: "Perhaps." No other details were immediately available.
Though this move isn't as entertaining as the Merlande Wilson Saga, it's definitely the smart thing to do.