N.J. restaurant staffers thought they won the Powerball, but. (VIDEO)
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — For 20 minutes they were filthy rich, or so they believed.
The staff of a North Jersey Italian eatery apparently thought they had become a bunch of millionaires Saturday after matching all six Powerball numbers for the almost $1 billion jackpot.
The servers, bartenders, cooks and other employees can be seen hugging and jumping for joy in two videos posted to the Grissini Ristorante’s YouTube page — one dishwasher even quit, according to the restaurant.
And the valet with the golden ticket? He told a customer to pull around his own car since he was a millionaire now.
The restaurant called it “pure pandemonium,” on social media.
But the screams of celebrations quickly went silent in Englewood Cliffs after realizing bartender Charlie Poveromo had read the winning numbers from the previous drawing.
Poveromo’s told NJ Advance Media his friend had sent him Saturday’s numbers from the Powerball website just after the 11 p.m. drawing. But apparently the site hadn’t updated the winning numbers.
The ticket that the staff purchased in a lottery pool included the numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and a Powerball pick of 17 — the same numbers pulled in the Wednesday Jan. 6 drawing, which were still listed as the winning numbers on the site minutes after the Saturday drawing.
N.J. restaurant staffers thought they won the Powerball, but. (VIDEO) ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — For 20 minutes they were filthy rich, or so they believed. The staff of a North Jersey Italian eatery
New Jersey restaurant workers celebrate after mistakenly thinking they won Powerball
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — As the winning Powerball numbers were read aloud at a New Jersey restaurant Saturday night, dozens of co-workers started celebrating when they realized their ticket matched – number for number.
The 42 workers at Grissini Ristorante in Englewood Cliffs immediately began jumping up and down, cheering, hugging and even crying with excitement. It’s the reaction anyone trying to get the $900 million prize would have.
Their reaction was captured on video, which was provided to Eyewitness News by Grissini Ristorante, while the workers and diners were still in the restaurant.
The dishwasher threw his apron on the floor and quit. Parking lot attendant Deiago Moreno called his grandmother in Columbia to share the good news, after he told a customer to retrieve his own car as he just won the lottery.
But the group’s hopes and dreams of winning the world’s largest lottery jackpot all came crashing down 20 minutes later, when they realized the numbers they were looking at were from the previous drawing.
Here’s what happened: Following Saturday’s drawing, the group went to Powerball’s website for the latest numbers. They read off the numbers they saw in the “winning numbers” section; however, the numbers for Saturday’s drawing were not yet updated. The site was instead showing last Wednesday’s numbers: 2-11-47-62-63 (17). Those perfectly-matched the group’s first line:
A little later, the Powerball’s website was updated to show the latest numbers for Saturday’s drawing: 16-19-32-34-57 (13) — not a winning combination for the group.
A worker at the restaurant said it was kind of like when Steve Harvey announced Miss Columbia won only to find out she was runner-up.
“I still can’t believe it, what a feeling!” said Charlie Poveromo, who has worked with Grissini for 12 years.
Workers at a New Jersey restaurant immediately began jumping up and down, hugging and crying after they thought they won the Powerball jackpot. Unfortunately, their hopes were soon dashed.