A nurse was reportedly tricked by her son into thinking that she had a won a share of the world-record $1.6bn Powerball lottery jackpot in a prank described as “reprehensible”.
NY Daily News reported that the woman, based in California, received a phone call from her son that she was one of three lucky winners to receive a share of the Powerball payout.
It was reported that the nursing facility she worked at burst into celebration as news broke of her ‘fortunes’.
The story quickly went viral as the 62-year old stayed to complete her shift instead of leaving immediately.
“It’s a joke. It’s a prank – by my brother,” her daughter Jennifer told the NY Daily News.
“It’s embarrassing. This is too much for us.”
The nurse’s employer, Schlomo Rechnitz, had bought the ticket for her and 15,000 other employees as a way of bringing them “hope”, the Daily News reported.
His spokesman, Josh Nash, said that such a prank was unforgivable.
“If it is indeed the case that someone pulled a prank on her, that’s reprehensible,” he told BuzzFeed News.
“She’s a wonderful lady, and an incredible employee. She stayed to finish her shift.”
He said he and her employer had been unable to contact her since it emerged she may have been victim of a prank