Man's 'Winning' Powerball Photo Goes Viral

Gawker says there's an easy giveaway that it's a hoax

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 30, 2012 4:46 PM CST

(Newser) – If you happened to stumble across a photo of someone named Nolan Daniels today, here's why: Last night, he posted a picture of himself on Facebook with what he claims is a winning Powerball ticket, explains the Christian Science Monitor. Then he asked people to share the photo, promising $1 million to a random person who did so. As of this afternoon, more than 200,000 hopeful souls had done so. Alas, Adrien Chen at Gawker points out that if it were a real Powerball ticket, the numbers would be in numerical order, unlike the one in the "poorly photoshopped" image.

It just goes to show that "like-addled Facebook users will share anything no matter how obviously untrue it is," he writes. So far, then, we know only the identity of one of the two winners. (Click to read about the lucky Hill family of Missouri.) But many think this store video from Maryland shows the other. The unnamed man celebrating reportedly told people in the store that he bought it in Arizona.

The photo getting spread around today.
The photo getting spread around today.   (Facebook)
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