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Restaurant staff in New Jersey think they have winning Powerball lottery ticket, go crazy, then have to deal with reality

The ‘winning’ numbers the group had matched the Wednesday draw, not the Saturday draw, which would have seen them collect $900m (£623m)

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Restaurant workers in New Jersey were dealt a cruel blow when they thought they had collectively won the Powerball lottery jackpot worth $900m (£623m) on Saturday, only to find out their numbers matched a different draw.

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For around 20 minutes the staff at the Grissini restaurant had believed they were millionaires. The pool had included 42 employees at the restaurant, from cooks to valets, and the winnings would have seen them take home around $21m each. One employee quit his job on the spot before reality brought them crashing down to earth.

Footage from the moment the workers thought they had won the lottery shows people leaping around and hugging each other with screams and shouts of “wow” and “Oh my God!”

Charles Poveromo, a bartender at the Grissini restaurant, told CBS2 News: “I got a text from a friend of mine and he sent me numbers which we thought were the winning numbers, but it turned out to be Wednesday night’s numbers.”

Mr Poveromo said he called his wife to tell her the news but she urged caution and asked him to double check the numbers. When he visited the lottery website, Mr Poveromo discovered the numbers from the draw had been updated, and “there was a whole set of different numbers”.

The numbers the pool had on their lottery ticket correlated with last Wednesday’s draw, not the Saturday draw, which they had played.

But the group has not been deterred by the loss and have instead banded together for the next draw, CBS2 News reported.

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The ‘winning’ numbers the group had matched the Wednesday draw, not the Saturday draw, which would have seen them collect $900m (£623m)

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The Powerball Jackpot gripped the nation within the past week as people from all walks of life tried there luck at the drawing which eventually ballooned to a record $1.5 Billion prize. As we all know, the winning Powerball ticket was located in Chino Hills, CA but some folks in New Jersey got a major false alarm last Saturday during the previous drawing.

Workers at the Grissini’s Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, NJ were in a frenzy last Saturday night when they were under the impression that they had won the jackpot in their work pool. The employees were gleaming with excitement as the numbers were read and began hugging each other in celebration. The restaurant dishwasher even through off his apron and quit immediately while another employee called his family to announce the great news.

Unfortunately, the joy was short lived as they soon realized that the numbers being read were actually what would have been the winning numbers from the previous drawing that Wednesday. Bartender Charlie Poveromo was still riding high on emotion even after the realization exclaiming “what a feeling!.”

Video: Restaurant Thinks They Won Powerball & Then Reality Hits, Dishwasher Quit On The Spot