On Thursday evening, a Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a poorly-photoshopped picture of his supposedly-winning Powerball ticket, along with the offer that he would give $1 million to a random person who shared it.
So far it’s been shared, because Like-addled Facebook users will share anything no matter how obviously untrue it is.
The public photo, which was shared at about 10 p.m. Thursday evening and had received more than 450,000 shares by Friday afternoon, included the statement:
“Looks like I won’t be going to work ever!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!”
When one of Daniel’s friends asked if he was serious he replied “239 Million! I’m out celebrating now.” He claims in the comments of the Facebook photo he was visiting a client in Fountain Hills, Arizona when he bought the winning ticket.
Daniels’ later comments on the post indicated he lives in the Phoenix area.
On his Facebook page, Daniels chastised skeptics and suggested, “Anyone who doubts the legitimacy of this photo will not be included in the 1 million dollar drawing.”
As the Gawker reports, you don’t even have to examine the pixels to tell this is a fake. While the numbers on Daniels’ ticket do match those that won half of the record $587.5 million jackpot, they’re not in numerical order. A real ticket would be.
From the official Powerball FAQ: “The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order.”
There were two winners in the drawing. The Hill family of Dearborn, Missouri won half of the jackpot worth $587.5 million. They will have to split the $587.5 million prize with whoever holds a winning ticket sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix. No one has come forward yet with the Arizona ticket, lottery officials said.
“We’re still stunned by what’s happened. It’s surreal and people keep asking us, ‘What are you going to buy with it?’ I just want to go home and be back to normal,” Cindy Hill, 51, said at the press conference in which the Hills family was introduced to the nation.
With the odds of any single ticket winning the jackpot at 1 in 175 million, the Hills said they hardly gave a thought to winning. They spent $10 on tickets Wednesday evening and didn’t check them again until Cindy saw they had won Thursday morning.
The Hills and the holder of the Arizona winning ticket have numerous decisions ahead, including how to accept their new wealth. The cash payout from the overall jackpot has been estimated at about $385 million, or about $192.5 million for each ticket. The winners can take their jackpots in lump sums or annual payments.
Wednesday’s winner in Arizona will have 60 days to choose between a 30-year annuity or a lump-sum cash payment.
The payout is the second largest in US history after three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot in March. As the amount grew this week, tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute.