CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - If someone you knew won the Powerball, you would hope that they would share. Well, one neighborhood restaurant is promising to share in a big way if they win.
“If we win, the restaurant will not close,” said Steve Marti.
So, the question is: why would any restaurant owner stay open if they won? Well, for Marti, who's spent his whole life within 2 miles of his Park Ridge restaurant, it's all about family.
Marti co-owns ‘Nonna Silvia's’ with his cousin. It’s named after their grandmother.
For Marti, even customers aren't just customers.
“If it wasn't for our customers, we wouldn't be here and a lot of them are repeats from the neighborhood, so they're like family to us,” he said.
So, when the owners bought Powerball tickets for the employee pool, they decided to share the odds with their "extended family.”
They went to Facebook and posted that they promise to split the winnings with anyone who "likes" them.
“That’s where it went crazy. I mean there was 300-thousand reaches…it was insane,” Marti said.
“The other day I was scrolling through and I saw the Powerball ticket they had posted,” said Crystal Parenti.
The post was shared more than 3,700 times.
Parenti has been a loyal customer for years. So, what would she do with her share?
“Pay off my house, and eat here a little more often!” she said.
‘Nonna's’ will still be in their little corner of Park Ridge, which is the spot they've called home for 16 years.
“It’s been here for a long time, it's a big part of our family, but we will definitely work less hours, and take a few more vacations,” Marti said.
The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales.