More than 40 restaurant employees were jubilant, but the joy of winning the huge jackpot turned to disappointment.
Staff at a Grissini restaurant in the US were delighted to learn they appeared to have won £800 million in the lottery, but soon realized that despite the correct numbers, there was something wrong with their ticket. The Daily Star recalls this.
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In 2016, a group of work colleagues who splashed out on a lottery ticket thought they had won £800 million from the Powerball lottery.
Immediately 42 restaurant employees rejoiced and celebrated, recognizing each successful number. However, their joy at winning the huge jackpot soon turned to disappointment.
After what they thought was a successful draw, one of the workers even quit his job without realizing that the successive series of numbers on his ticket came up on a different day.
Their ticket, which included numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and Powerball number 17, was an exact match to a previous drawing that week. Their Saturday ticket matched Wednesday’s drawing, but the different dates wiped out their winnings.
“I picked up the phone and started calling out the numbers to everyone present. All the numbers matched ours. Then pandemonium began. There was so much joy, and I cannot put into words the feeling of euphoria that we all felt. When we realized otherwise, it was like deflating balloon,” said bartender Charlie Poveromo about the 2016 prank.
Previously Focus reported that the man won $36.5 million and went to work the next day. Pierre Richer didn’t let his recent big lottery win change his lifestyle. He showed up to work at 4:30 a.m. on the Monday after the prank as if nothing had happened.
It also became known that the man who won $1.35 billion demanded money from the mother of his child. The prize, which was the fourth-largest lottery win in US history, caused great excitement. The winner sought to maintain his anonymity from the very beginning.