News of Pomona Powerball winner a 'misunderstanding'

- It appears a 62-year-old nurse from Pomona may not be the California winner in Wednesday night's Powerball after all, according to reports online that call the whole ordeal a "misunderstanding." 

It was reported Thursday that the nurse was given the jackpot-winning ticket by her boss.

The reports, citing a representative of nursing home owner Shlomo Rechnitz, claimed that Rechnitz purchased 18,000 tickets and distributed them to employees and nursing home residents.

A celebration broke out at Park Avenue Healthcare & Wellness Center in Pomona, which is a short drive from the 7-Eleven where one of the three winning tickets were sold. Workers at this facility were all a buzz about the news and excited for their colleague but Lotto officials said the ticket wasn't the one purchased at the chino hills 7/11 which sold the winning California ticket. 

However, the daughter of the alleged Powerball winner told the LA Times that she believed the reports "were the result of a misunderstanding" after a photo of a ticket was sent to their mother.

The daughter told the Times the family did not win, and she didn't want her name to be made public because the whole thing was "too embarrassing."

The director of the center says this is no laughing matter and says the owner feels bad and may send her on an al expense paid vacation. 

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