An American Jewish philanthropist reportedly bought one of the winning tickets in the Powerball lottery for one of his employees at a California nursing home.
According to reports on Thursday, a nurse from Pomona who won a split of the record-breaking $1.59 billion Powerball jackpot was given the ticket by her boss, nursing home owner Shlomo Reichnitz.
The 62-year-old woman is a senior registered nurse at Park Avenue Health Care and Wellness Center in Pomona, a spokesperson for Reichnitz told ABC7 in Los Angeles.
The other two winning tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida, where no winners have been identified as of yet.
Managers at Reichnitz’s California nursing home told The New York Post he bought 18,000 Powerball tickets for employees and patients at 80 nursing homes across California, one of which was a winner.
The California Lottery has not confirmed the ticket from the Pomona nursing home is the winning ticket, noted ABC7, adding that lottery officials said no one has come forward to claim the prize.
Workers at the nursing home, with the exception of the winner, gathered around a television to watch the live drawing while clutching the tickets purchased for them by Rechnitz, according to David Levy, senior manager for the center, who spoke with The New York Post.
About 30 minutes later, the big winner’s kids called and told her to check her numbers.
“Her reaction was that she didn’t believe it. She then pulled out her ticket and reviewed it with two other nurses — number by number,” said Levy. “And then she freaked out.”
Reichnitz’s spokesperson told ABC7 that, even though the nurse knew she'd won, she still finished her shift before going home.
The nurse is married and has seven children, six of whom are also nurses, according to the news station.
Reichnitz is prone to acts of random and eccentric kindness, reported The New York Post, which noted that he ran into 400 American servicemen in the airport in Shannon, Ireland, this past November and handed each one of them $50 to buy themselves a warm meal.
Reichnitz himself was out of the country and unavailable for comment on Thursday.