About an hour ago, ABC News reported that the Chino Hills, California winner of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot had been identified as a nurse working at a nursing home.
The alleged winner is a 62-year-old registered nurse at Park Avenue Health Care and Wellness Center in Pomona.
The nurse reportedly received the ticket from her boss, Shlomo Rechnitz, as a gift. Rechnitz bought 18,000 tickets for his employees and the residents at 80 nursing homes all over California. Rechnitz told ABC News that he sent 600 tickets by mail to the nursing home that the winner is employed at.
The nurse didn’t know she had won until her son sent her a photo of the ticket via text. Although she was a newly minted millionaire, she didn’t go home until she had finished her shift.
However, according to the New York Daily News
, relatives say the woman had actually been pranked by her son.
According to lottery officials, no one has come forward to claim their prize and it is still unconfirmed whether the nurse is actually a winner.
We decided to give the Park Avenue Health Care and Wellness Center a call on their publicly listed number, however, the women who picked up declined to comment saying that they’re not releasing any further information at the moment.