Facebook Powerball Hoax Goes Viral - The UpStream

Facebook Powerball Hoax Goes Viral

posted Saturday Dec 1, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Powerball Hoax Goes Viral

If you have spent any time online the past few days, you have probably seen this image. If you have, congratulations - you have a friend or colleague who is very gullible. The caption included with the photo reads,

Looks like I won't be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!

The problem is, this guy is not the winner of this week's Powerball drawing. The ticket in his hand is clearly a fraud. If you look at the quality of the numbers on the ticket, you will notice some of them are more or less clear than those around them. Also, more importantly, the numbers are not in numeric order, which the rules state the numbers must be.

Despite the fairly obvious fake, this image has been shared over 1.8 million times as of this writing, with over 17,000 likes and 8,000 comments. That is a lot of attention from a lot of people, many hoping to get a piece of the action. Needless to say, sharing the image will not cut you in on the action, as there is no action involved. One can always hope, though, right?


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