A man who claimed to be a Powerball winner has launched a hoax offering to share his gain, that has gone viral. In a stunt that resembles an online version of a chain letter, a man claiming to be Nolan Daniels posted a picture of himself on Thursday with what he claims is a winning Powerball ticket and telling people to share the picture, with the chance of possibly winning a portion of his earnings.
The photo received over 1.8 million shares but now many are calling Daniels a fraud, claiming the ticket in the photo is a fake and calling his offer to share his winnings a cruel joke.
Daniels posted the picture of himself with the alleged winning ticket on Thursday, claiming to be one of the lucky winners of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot.
‘Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!’ he wrote on his Facebook page, holding up what appeared to be a winning ticket.
The picture received 1.8 million shares on the social networking website, in addition to more than 28,000 Likes and nearly 14,000 comments.
Some people took to his Facebook page to lobby the man on why they should receive the funds.
‘My Family and I could use a million with getting evicted soon and water and power being turned off that money would HELP A LOT!!!’ one user wrote.
Yet another said, ‘My mom is filming a movie and needs $500,000. And me and my son want to build a school for underprivileged kids. And lastly, i want to invest the rest in my company. Pick me!!’
Many comments offered congratulations to the man and wished him the best with his earnings.
But there was one small problem, it appears the ticket in question is not actually real, as some Facebook comments pointed out that the ticket couldn’t be legit since the numbers don’t appear in ascending order, like a real ticket would.
Once the hoax was pointed out, some people laughed off the stunt but it sparked outrage from others.
‘I hope you end up poor. Getting likes and shares out of a lie? Nice. I hope that gave you some gratification you lying bastard,’ one user wrote.
That’s gotta hurt.
Paul Hudson | Elite.