Most people know the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are close to impossible – some one in 292.2 million, to be exact. That said, a wise and prudent person would think the chances of anyone having pity on someone for losing their life savings — and helping them get back in the game — are nil. Apparently not, as one Tennessee woman, aka the “Biggest Powerball Loser,” soon learned.
Meet Cinnamon Nicole, everybody, the new GoFundMe visionary — despite her losing effort to go from rags to riches.
According to an Uproxx report, the Cordova resident joined throngs of people around the country in buying lottery tickets for the history-making $1.6 billion Powerball drawing on Wednesday. However, Nicole’s situation is different. Instead of buying just a few with her favorite numbers and perhaps, a quick-pick, she allegedly bought a boatload — to the tune of her entire family savings. With that kind of, ahem, investment, how could she lose? She did, and that’s only half of this sad tale. The next set of events is downright shocking and is up there with some of the most bizarre things ever done on — and off — the internet.
— Matt Lee (@Mattlee2669) January 15, 2016
The poster — or someone posing as her — had the audacity to open a GoFundMe Powerball Reimbursement page. In return for your generosity, the Powerball loser promised to make donors her #MCM or #WCW.
“Please help me and my family as we have exausted [sic] all of our funds. We spent all of our money on lottery tickets (expecting to win the 1.5 billion) and are now in dire need of cash. With your small donation of at least $1.00, a like and one share, I’m certain that we will be able to pick ourselves up from the trenches of this lost and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again! PLEASE, won’t you help a family in need. DONATE NOW.”
Yea, it wasn’t pretty. As outlandish as this sounds — or should — to the average reader, her crowdfunding effort paid off; reportedly, within hours of the page going live, about $800 in donations poured into the account. Apparently, her sympathetic plea sparked the spirit of giving — and gullibility — in some donors.
As you can imagine, some people — obviously, not those included in the losing player’s “get back in the game posse,” approved of Cinnamon’s GoFundMe campaign. Sonya Hagans’ response was short and to the point. She quoted new internet sensation, Michelle Dobyne. You may remember her and her stunning and hilariously positive attitude, despite her Tulsa apartment building catching fire recently.
“Not tuhday,” said Hagans.
However, another reader of the woman’s Powerball losing story didn’t hold back any punches in her take on the woman begging for money to play another day.
“Guuuuuuuuuuurl…….I ‘SWEATERGAAAAAWD’ if I see one person give you one rusty copper penny I will spend ten times what you spent on lottery tickets on PLANE tickets to fly to their humble abode so spoiled in riches that they can afford to make it rain on Sweet Brown like ratchet humans such as you who choose to spend their cash on Remy, Flaming Hot Cheetos, VOSS Water and Powerball, and commence to kicking every single one of their asses!!!”
The ubiquitous “trust fund baby,” Dan Bilzerian, aka the “King of Instagram,” recently posted a picture of straps of money, reportedly some $100,000. The uber-patriotic American entrepreneur said the cash was spent on Powerball — just because. However, based on his exuberant and unrepentant lifestyle, we’ve grown to expect expressions of his vanity and non-political correctness. And while he didn’t win the monster jackpot, Bilzerian didn’t take to social media and make a plea for the return of his C-notes. That would have been, well, awkward, right?
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 14, 2016
Ahead of the publication of this odd news story, a check of the woman’s GoFundMe page revealed that it was closed with the message, “Campaign Not Found: We’re sorry, but the campaign URL you entered cannot be found.”
[Image via Twitter/Vibe screenshot]