A Pomona nurse identified by her employer as the winner of the record-breaking Powerball jackpot did not, in fact, win, her family said.
The family of the 62-year-old woman said the nurse’s son played a prank on his mother.
California Lottery officials said they were skeptical after a spokesperson for nursing home owner Shlomo Rechnitz said the winner was a senior registered nurse at Park Avenue Health Care and Wellness Center in Pomona.
Rechnitz’s spokesperson said the nurse was given a ticket by her boss, who bought 18,000 tickets for his employees and residents at 80 nursing home across California.
Rechnitz described the prank as “despicable” and said he wants the nurse to have some fun with the situation. He said he will buy an all-expense paid vacation for the nurse and her family to anywhere they choose.
Lottery officials stated that no one has come forward to claim the prize.
The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills. Revelers swarmed the store in celebration Wednesday evening.