POMONA, Calif., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A California nursing home erupted in celebration when a nurse won the Powerball lottery -- but her win turned out to be a prank perpetrated by her son.
A representative for Shlomo Rechnitz, owner of the Park Avenue Health & Wellness Center in Pomona, said the owner gave employees and residents a total 18,000 Powerball tickets for Wednesday night's $1.6 billion drawing, and the son of a nurse called her at work Wednesday to reveal she had the winning ticket.
Officials said there were celebration Wednesday at the nursing home and a representative for Rechnitz announced the nurse's win to the media.
However, the joy was short-lived.
"It's a joke. It's a prank...by my brother," the nurse's daughter, Jennifer, told the New York Daily News. "It's embarrassing. This is too much for us."
Rechnitz's representative told KABC-TV he wants to ease the nurse's disappointment from the "despicable" prank by sending her on an all-expenses-paid vacation to the destination of her choice.