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These restaurant workers thought they won the Powerball, but they had the right numbers on the wrong day

This past Saturday, a bunch of restaurant employees in New Jersey thought they won the Powerball.

It looked like the best night of their lives. until they realized that they didn’t actually win. Turns out they had the right numbers, but on the wrong day.

Story by Ian Phillips and editing by Kristen Griffin

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Ian is a pop culture reporter for INSIDER. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2014 with a degree in television, radio, and film. His work has appeared in Mic and The Film Stage.

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Kristen is a Deputy Executive Producer f or the Insider Inc. video team. She previously worked as a video editor for INSIDER.

Ian is a pop culture reporter for INSIDER. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2014 with a degree in television, radio, and film. His work has appeared in Mic and The Film Stage.

You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @IanReelDeal.

Kristen is a Deputy Executive Producer f or the Insider Inc. video team. She previously worked as a video editor for INSIDER.

Ian is a pop culture reporter for INSIDER. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2014 with a degree in television, radio, and film. His work has appeared in Mic and The Film Stage.

You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @IanReelDeal.

Kristen is a Deputy Executive Producer f or the Insider Inc. video team. She previously worked as a video editor for INSIDER.

Ian is a pop culture reporter for INSIDER. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2014 with a degree in television, radio, and film. His work has appeared in Mic and The Film Stage.

You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @IanReelDeal.

Kristen is a Deputy Executive Producer f or the Insider Inc. video team. She previously worked as a video editor for INSIDER.

VIDEO: It looked like the best night of their lives…

Workers thought they won powerball

RALEIGH – They work together, they play the lottery together, and now a group of 12 medical center co-workers is celebrating a $150,000 Powerball prize together.

Every week, for the last six years, they’ve pooled their money to get Powerball tickets. They call themselves the Fantastic 12.

“We each put in three dollars,” Laurie Ellsworth of New Bern said. “If we win something, we reinvest it the next week.”

Keeping with tradition, Ellsworth collected the money from her co-workers and stopped at the Circle K on New Bern Highway in Jacksonville and bought Powerball tickets for the Nov. 16 drawing. She checked the tickets three days later using the NC Education Lottery Official Mobile App.

“When I saw that we won, I started screaming,” Ellsworth said. “I thought we’d won $30,000, but then Will checked the numbers again and said we’d actually won $150,000. I had to call the lottery just to make sure we weren’t seeing things.”

“I was pretty shocked, when I saw the numbers,” William Cotton of New Bern said. “It was pure excitement.”

They rushed to share the good news by calling and texting the rest of the group. Not everyone believed them at first.

“I thought they were pulling a prank,” Stanford Weaver of New Bern said. “It wasn’t until I saw the ticket for myself that I believed it.”

The co-workers claimed their prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters. They split the prize, and after required state and federal tax withholdings, they took home the following:

Laurie Ellsworth of New Bern: $8,883

Michael Turney of Trent Woods: $8,840

Thomas Brouhard III of Kinston: $ 8,840

William Cotton of New Bern: $8,840

Joseph Smalldridge of New Bern: $ 8,840

Edward Tripp of Cove City: $8,840

James Migliorato of New Bern: $8,840

John Pate of Vanceboro: $8,840

Stephen Mills of Vanceboro: $8,840

Frederick Williamson Jr. of Vanceboro: $8,840

David Raines of Vanceboro: $8,840

Stanford Weaver of New Bern: $8,840

The group has a variety of different plans for the money. Some plan to pay off bills and invest. Others plan to start college funds for their children. One even plans to get a new kayak with his share of the money.

The winning ticket matched n umbers on four of the white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. The prize tripled when the 3X multiplier was drawn. The ticket beat odds of one in 913,129. The jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing is $130 million or $89.6 million cash.

Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

RALEIGH – They work together, they play the lottery together, and now a group of 12 medical center co-workers is celebrating a $150,000 Powerball prize together. Every week, for the last six years, they’ve pooled their money to get Powerball tickets. They call themselves the Fantastic 12.