A nurse in Pomona, California, was told by her son on Jan. 13 that she won the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, but it turned out to be a prank.
"It's a joke," the nurse's daughter, Jennifer, told the New York Daily News on Jan. 14. "It's a prank ... by my brother."
"It's embarrassing," Jennifer added. "This is too much for us."
The man reportedly called his mom at the Park Avenue Health & Wellness Center, the nursing home where she works, told her that she won and sent her a picture of the "winning" ticket.
A celebration broke out at the nursing home, according to David Levy, the administrator of the facility.
"I certainly hope it's her," California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said at the time. “That would be a great story. But Twitter is going crazy with fake tickets, and people have to take claims with some skepticism until we verify the winner.”
The woman went home thinking she was rich, but discovered that she had been fooled by her dear son, according to Jennifer.
One of the three winning Powerball tickets was sold in California, but not in Pomona. According to KABC, that ticket was sold from a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills.
After it was announced that the winning ticket was sold at the store, locals swarmed the business on Jan. 13 and victoriously chanted, "Chino Hills! Chino Hills!"