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NJ restaurant workers mistakenly think they hit Powerball

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Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted — one even quit his job — after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they'd purchased for an office pool.

Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize they had read off the wrong day's winning numbers.

Video from Grissini's Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday's winning numbers with one of the tickets they bought for Saturday night's $900 million drawing.

Their ticket, which was purchased Saturday and included numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63, with Powerball number 17, was an exact match for Wednesday's $528 million prize. No one won in Wednesday's drawing, which prompted the historic $900 million jackpot that later swelled to $1.5 billion after Saturday's drawing.

The workers can be seen on video reading through the numbers, with another shouting "Yes!" with each successive match. When the person reading off the ticket announces the Powerball, the entire restaurant erupts in cheers.

A second video shows workers hooping and hollering as though they won the epic jackpot. One man goes around hugging his coworkers and wiping away tears.

It's not clear when they figured out they'd read the wrong day's winning numbers.

Charlie Poveromo, one worker who thought he'd become an instant millionaire, said Tuesday that he still couldn't believe that their ticket came so close to winning.

"I still can't believe it," he said. "What a feeling."

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Thanks to Steve for the tip.

NBC

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Posted: January 13, 2016, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

Seems like a hoax to me. Anyone can post on the intertubes.

For example, social media messages regarding $1.5 billion being shared to all in USA would give everyone $4.3 million when in reality it would equate to around $4. Lots of people out there with too much free time generating this nonsense. Don't believe most of it. Though, ironically, some would consider this post as falling into that category. LOL

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    Posted: January 13, 2016, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

    I need to know more.

    Was this a quickpick, or did someone actually intend to play the same numbers that were just drawn, assuming the same numbers would come up twice in a row (like a certain recent Keno game)? 1 in 292M is bad enough, but twice in a row?

    Stooges

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      Posted: January 13, 2016, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

      If you look at the ticket, someone copied the numbers from the last 2 games, how ignorant. I would be mad at the person who filled out the sheet. It is so obvious.  The lines are just now beginning to get long in Dallas, almost like it's a New Year's Eve.


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        Posted: January 13, 2016, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

        If this story is true...what dummies! LOL

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          Posted: January 13, 2016, 7:54 pm - IP Logged

          Christie Voters LOL

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          Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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            Posted: January 13, 2016, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

            ABC News aired this story a couple of days ago.

            A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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              Posted: January 13, 2016, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

              If you look at the second line, it is a duplicate from the week before. Someone in the group thought they were smart by thinking a set of numbers would repeat the following week. This is not the Pick 3.


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                Posted: January 13, 2016, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

                i think it was a prank because the numbers were not QP

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                  Posted: January 13, 2016, 9:27 pm - IP Logged

                  I was the one who posted this the other day. As I said in that post it looked to me like they guy was just lying and yelling out the same numbers to act like he won.

                   

                  https://www.lotterypost.com/thread/298285/4432470

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                    Posted: January 13, 2016, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

                    Probably faked for YouTube views, half of these videos out there are these days. 

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                      Posted: January 13, 2016, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                      One worker was like "$%@# you boss I quit!" Then he was like "Just playin' bro." Lol.

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                        Posted: January 13, 2016, 10:24 pm - IP Logged

                        One worker was like "$%@# you boss I quit!" Then he was like "Just playin' bro." Lol.

                        Haha, true.

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                          Posted: January 14, 2016, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

                          That's gotta hurt!

                          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                            Posted: January 15, 2016, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                            Please, double check those numbers, please double check it! No, please check that date, please check it. The 'dumb ass ' who called out those numbers should get his brain checked for possible brain damage.