RICHMOND, Va. — After winning it big with the Virginia Lottery earlier this week, West End resident Steve Reily has announced that he is now completely broke following an outing at the Quirk Hotel’s rooftop bar.
According to sources, an ecstatic Reily won approximately $3.7 million in the drawing and planned to celebrate with a night out with friends. Due to the nice weather and his desire to have a great view of the city, the Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond was selected as the destination.
“I was totally excited, of course, and I wanted to do something special for the occasion, so I thought, ‘Hey, why not check out Quirk?’” Reily said in a recent interview. “They’re known for that really good view and they’re supposed to have great cocktails, so it seemed like a no-brainer.”
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However, the night of grand celebration quickly turned into a financial plummet as Reily’s winnings and bar tab fell victim to Quirk’s menu.
“We hung out for a couple of hours, and everyone had at least one round. I had one of their specialty drinks and then a whiskey sour,” Reily recalled. “I get the tab back, and bam: it says I owe $3,732,471. How the hell does that happen?”
The astronomically high bill was attributed to Reily’s decision to cover everyone for the night, thanks to his recent winnings. He also admited that he knew the bar would be expensive; however, he didn’t think it was going to be that high and was especially taken back by the price of non-alcoholic beverages.
“$15 a ginger ale and $12 for a glass of water? You can’t be serious.”
Witnesses report that Reily attempted to plead with management for some kind of price adjustment, explaining that he didn’t know a rail gin could cost upwards of $2,000, but his efforts were ultimately futile. At the end of the unfortunate ordeal Reily was forced to pay the balance, putting him in the red and in debt to the hotel.
“I don’t even have enough for the Uber ride back to my apartment now.”
Reily was last seen asking his friends Julia and Payton for rides back to the West End, offering to pay them back at a later date.
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