Update: Employer gives out 15,000 lottery tickets
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
UPDATE: January 14, 2016
Reports are coming out that a 62-year-old nurse from Pomona California was not one of the three winners of Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot. It is being reported that relatives of the nurse said it was all a prank. They say their relative didn't win. The nurse's son sent her a picture of what he claimed was a winning ticket, but she was told later that he was joking.
The winning tickets for the $1.6 billion jackpot were sold in Tennessee and Florida, California. The winning ticket in California was purchased at a 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills. Lottery officials stated that no one has come forward to claim the prize.
Update: January 14, 2016
Fox26 News reported on an employer who generously bought 15,000 lottery tickets for employees and residents at 80 healthcare facilities prior to Wednesday's drawing for the $1.5 billion Powerball drawing.
Well one of those tickets turned out to be a winner in the Southern California community of Chino Hills!
There were three winners of the Powerball drawing, so that record setting payout will be split three ways.
A company spokesperson confirmed the winner is a nurse at one of their facilities but would not confirm which facility or the identity of the employee.
Story Date: January 12, 2016
Shlomo Rechnitz the owner of Healthcare Centre of Fresno decided to take it upon himself to give all the employees and residents at the 80 facilities he owns a chance at the one and a half billion dollar Powerball jackpot.
When residents come into a nursing home, some wouldn't normally be able to go out and get a ticket or even have the money for it so Rechnitz says this is an opportunity for them to participate.
Phillip Carpio, a resident at the facility, is already dreaming of the corvette he would buy if he wins.
One woman who lives at the center says this isn't the first time the owner has done something generous.
She says during Christmas she wanted to buy gifts for her grand kids but didn't have the money.
"They said they were going to give me a shopping spree for my grandkids, and they gave me a thousand dollar shopping spree. I was so grateful so thankful and blessed."
The lotto tickets are being mailed to the Healthcare Centre of Fresno and will be delivered before the drawing.
The manager says some people are pooling their tickets.
The owner says they can do whatever they want with any winnings. He just wants everyone to get in on the fun.