The gigantic $1.4 billion Powerball jackpot that could be awarded in Wednesday night’s drawing is freaking out a lot of people. Tickets are being bought by the dozens and people are praying, hoping, and wishing. It’s also causing some people to do their math entirely wrong. Facebook users are now posting their Powerball tickets with a letter and saying they are “legally” bound and wanting to split the jackpot with whomever shares, likes, or comments.
Sounds good, but is it legit?
Many people have said that if they win the huge amount of money, they want to give to charity or build housing for the homeless or countless other great causes. Sure, they may end up doing that, but if they win the Powerball jackpot, it’s their money.
Now, many are heading to Facebook to take things a step further. Some users are offering to actually to split the jackpot with others if they win it, but they are requiring a share, like, or comment of their Powerball ticket.
Guru Tattoo Studio is just one of many offering up this deal, and all they are requesting is that people like, share, and comment on this picture. They also are really hoping that everyone checks out their Facebook fan page too.
In just 18 hours, the picture has over 36,000 likes, close to 96,000 comments, and has been shared over 215,000 times.
Facebook user Don Krieg is someone else who has posted something like this over the past few days. It was posted to his profile wall about 24 hours ago, and again, he requests that people like, comment, and share the picture of his Powerball ticket.
Somehow, some way, this is meant to be a legal and binding document. Krieg goes on to say that he has “legal documentation so you can hold me to it.” Maybe he does intend to split the Powerball jackpot with anyone that spreads the word. It very well could be worth your while, but all this post shows is that Krieg wrote a note and signed it himself.
By this information given, there was no legal representation present and no one signed the document either.
On Tuesday afternoon, Krieg gave an update to the post he made on Monday.
“Thank you everyone who has liked and commented and private messaged me. What an overwhelming amount of kind words. God bless each and every one of you! I can’t add anymore friends so please FOLLOW me for updates on the Powerball drawing. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US!!!”
When it comes to a stroke of good luck or maybe getting some money that could change their lives, people are willing to try anything. Even if the pictures shown on Facebook are shared one million times and the original poster does live up to their word, the followers have come out better than those who believed the Powerball meme going around.
As Time reported, the bad math Powerball meme that went viral on Monday had been shared more than 800,000 times.
That seems like a great way to get some cash and solve the poverty problem in the United States, but it’s far from accurate. If you do the math, 300 million people would only end up with a whopping $4.33 if the jackpot was split among them all.
The Powerball jackpot being at $1.4 billion for Wednesday night’s drawing is absolutely insane, but it could change the lives of so many people. Maybe these Facebook users are willing to split their winnings with those who share their picture, but unless more proof is given of it being legally binding, don’t count on it.
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