(NY Post) – Workers at a New Jersey restaurant jumped for joy when they thought they’d hit thePowerball jackpot, scoring Saturday’s $949 million prize.
But the celebration at Grissini’s Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs came to an abrupt end when employees realized they’d mistakenly compared Wednesday’s winning numbers to their Saturday ticket.
“It was like getting punched in the stomach,” said Charles Poveromo, 55, who’s worked as a bartender at the restaurant for 13 years.
Poveromo said 42 employees pooled their money and bought $210 worth of tickets.
On Saturday, his friend texted him the latest Powerball numbers — but failed to realize the website hadn’t been updated yet, and it was still showing Wednesday’s winning combination, he said.
Then Poveromo called his wife, who said they should double-check the numbers. That’s when they realized the numbers were from the wrong day.
“When we found out, it was like a balloon deflating,” Poveromo said.
The dishwasher who threatened to quit laughed and put his apron back on, saying, “Back to work,” Devincenzi added.
I mean you just have to kill yourself at that point right. You think you have hit the literal jackpot, all your troubles are solved, only to find out someone got the numbers wrong and you didnt actually win.
Nope, that would be it for me. Cant come back from that.
Also if Im the friend that text the numbers Id be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my days.