A video has appeared online showing employees at a New Jersey restaurant celebrating after mistakenly believing they had scooped the Powerball jackpot.
The incident occurred after the Jan. 9 draw, when the jackpot was $900 million, according to NBC New York.
The footage, from Grissini’s Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, shows a worker reading out the numbers and another crying yes after each is correctly matched. After the Powerball, number 17, is found to be correct, the restaurant breaks out in cheers and tears.
One employee even went so far as to quit his job.
But unfortunately for the co-workers, they only realized later that they had been reading the numbers off the wrong day’s results. The results which matched their ticket came from the Jan. 6 draw.
“I still can’t believe it,” Charlie Poveromo told NBC. “What a feeling.”
Nobody won the jackpot Jan. 9, meaning that the next draw Jan. 13 will have a record-breaking jackpot of $1.5 billion, which comes to a cash value of $930 million before taxes. The top prize could rise even more before the draw, according to ABC.
Some people did have something to celebrate Jan. 9, even if it wasn’t the jackpot. Prize money totaling $159,080,965 was paid out following the Jan. 9 draw to 18,315,365 players, lottery officials said.
The stakes are so much higher for the Jan. 13 draw that New York’s state lottery has issued guidelines to those involved in workplace pools on how they should be managed.
“Before soliciting names and collecting money toward the purchase of tickets for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing or any other New York lottery drawing, there are a number of strategic and pragmatic stapes that need to be taken into consideration to ensure a fun and positive outcome for all involved,” New York Lottery director Gardner Gurney told the New York Daily News.
Gurney suggested electing a group leader, who is responsible for collecting the money, distributing the names of all involved to the group, and circulating the numbers on the tickets prior to the draw.
He also advised keeping the number of pool members to a maximum of 10, since this is the highest number of cheques which Lottery winnings can be paid out in.