A California mother-of-seven who believed she was one of the three Powerball winners to split the $1.6 billion jackpot just got the ultimate prank of her life.
The unnamed 62-year-old woman, a nurse, works at Park Avenue Health Care and Wellness Center in Pomona, California -- around 10 miles from where the winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills.
It's believed that her son texted her after the winning draw announced on Jan. 13 to tell her he had checked her ticket and the numbers matched.
Family members confirmed to ABC 7 News that the woman did not win the record-breaking jackpot and had been the victim of a practical joke by her son.
The woman’s daughter, however, said the reports were caused by a confusion around a photo of a ticket that was sent to her mother, reports LA Times.
California Lottery officials said that the real state winner has yet to claim the prize. The other two winning Powerball tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida.
The winners will be able to gather their new-found wealth in a lump sum of $310 million each, however they will be federally taxed at 39.6 percent, the Daily Mail notes.
That means each individual sum will go down to $187 million, before state taxes are applied, though California, Tennessee and Florida don't add any extra charges on lottery winnings.
The other option is to take a yearly payout of $1.1 million over the course of 30 years.