Julian Trejos is on the job, running the valet station at Grissini’s restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, but only because he has no other choice.
Let’s start with a scene from this past Saturday night, at the restaurant’s bar as Julian’s coworkers read Powerball numbers from one of the pooled tickets they purchased as a group. Incredibly, they hit every number. It was surreal.
“It was the 20 minutes, most important of my life! I feel great,” said cook Pedro Maza.
Valet drivers, bus boys and cooks in the kitchen including Maza all thought they were going to share the winnings and begin a new life.
Saturday’s jackpot was already a record 900 million dollars.
They would each get a cool 22 million dollars each. Of course, they already did the after-tax math.
In fact, after learning he had hit every number, one of the cooks tossed his apron, and quit on the spot. There was just one problem.
The workers read numbers for the previous Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot , for which no winning tickets were sold.