A fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook, purported to be held by a young man named Nolan Daniels, has been circulating with a promise to give one million dollars to a lucky like-giver on the social network.
The fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook, proudly held up by the bearded and smiling Daniels, indeed boasts the winning numbers from this week’s massive Powerball drawing.
However, the numbers on the fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook are out of order, and must be in a certain arrangement to win — making the pic a hoax, and a sticky one at that.
The fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook is the sort of thing that pops up after these massively hyped lottery wins with infinitesimally small chances of winning occur — something about the lotto hype really tugs at our human instinct to embrace magical thinking, and liking a pic on Facebook is easier even than going out and wasting a few bucks on a ticket that grants you a smaller crack at the big jackpot than you have at being legally put to death, as a for instance.
Facebook users are sharing the fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook via the like function, and already, we’ve seen it crop up no less than 10 times in the past hour on our own Facebook feeds.
In the end, the fake winning Powerball ticket on Facebook doesn’t really harm anyone — it isn’t going to spam your friends without your consent, put malware on your computer or post obscene things to your wall.
But the fake winning Powerball ticket Facebook hoax is a bit cruel, considering that most who share it will be mocked by friends as well as the fact the trick preys on everyone’s desire to get a lucky break and maybe realize some lottery dreams — which isn’t going to happen to those lured by the prank.