They came so close! A group of restaurant workers in New Jersey were completely overwhelmed with joy after they thought they won the $900 million Powerball drawing on Jan. 09. Sadly, they didn’t realize they were reading the numbers for the wrong date! Whoops! Click to watch.
Cooks, servers and bartenders of an Englewood Cliffs restaurant all joined together for a massive celebration after the last Powerball number was read aloud. Their ticket had matched every single digit, meaning they had won the unbelievable $900 million dollar prize! Except, there was just this one little issue they overlooked.
Always double-check the dates. The workers at Grissini’s Restaurant in New Jersey learned that the hard way, reports NBC New York. They went in on an office pool to purchase lottery tickets for the Jan. 09 Powerball drawing. So, naturally, they were on pins and needles to see if they would take home the record-breaking jackpot and for a moment, it looked like they did! However, they failed to realize right away that they read the numbers for the drawing that took place on Jan. 06 by accident.
“I still can’t believe it,” Charlie Poveromo, one of the restaurant workers, told NBC. He was still in shock that he was almost a millionaire. “What a feeling,” he added. Charlie was riding that good vibe he shared with his coworkers, including the one that quit his job!
The Grissini’s group’s ticket, which was bought on the 9th, had the numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and a Powerball of 17. If they had only bought that ticket three days earlier, the group would have won $528 million dollars. The actual numbers for the Jan. 09 drawing were 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 and a Powerball of 13. Since no one claimed the $900 million prize, the jackpot for the Jan. 13 lotto is 1.5 billion dollars.
Charlie didn’t say what he was going to spend the money on, if he had actually won. He might have followed a Nevada man’s example. When Fox-5 reporter Ophelia Young asked one man what he would use then then-$500 million dollars on, he replied “A bunch of hookers and cocaine.” While he lives in Nevada, where prostitution is legal, cocaine is still against the law.
Though, if the guy wins the 1.5 billion dollar prize, he could afford a decent lawyer. The number is so staggering, it has some of the biggest celebs losing their minds. La Toya Jackson, Hoda Kotb and even Hulk Hogan all freaked out when they saw that no one won the Jan. 09 jackpot.
If you won the lottery, would you freak out the same way those New Jersey restaurant workers did, HollywoodLifers?