Englewood Cliffs restaurant workers ‘won’ the Powerball — and then didn’t (Video)
For twenty minutes on Saturday night, employees at Grissini’s Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs thought their lives were changed forever. You can see pandemonium erupt the moment it seemed like Saturday’s $949 million Powerball jackpot was theirs.
In the most heartbreaking fashion, their joy quickly turned to disappointment. After double-checking checking the website, the employees found out that they had the winning numbers for the lottery drawing that previous Wednesday. The website they were getting the numbers from had not been updated yet, and when the reality check hit, bartender Charles Poveromo said, “It was like getting punched in the stomach."
More like getting an uppercut to the jaw by someone wearing brass knuckles. If this happened to me, it would take me a very long time to figure out how to feel happiness again. I don't wanna hear your money doesn't buy happiness rhetoric either. If you are a dishwasher making minimum wage and you think a portion of the Powerball jackpot belongs to you, you're going to be pretty damn happy. Then to find out it was a mistake moments later? That's a very tough pill to swallow.