Cinnamon Nicole was the name listed on a GoFundMe account titled “Powerball Reimbursement Fund” that certainly got a lot of attention. In the GoFundMe page’s description, Cinnamon wrote about spending all of the Nicole Family money on Powerball tickets. Cinnamon wrote that she was in dire need of money, and asked that if folks gave her at least one dollar — plus a GoFundMe like and a GoFundMe share, Nicole would shout them out as her “Man Crush Monday” or “Woman Crush Wednesday” on social media.
“Please help me and my family as we have exhausted 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.
****If you donate now, I will shout you out as my MCM or my WCW. Please find it in your heart to give to a family in need.”
The most recent Google cache of the GoFundMe page from Cinnamon shows that Nicole’s fundraising efforts had garnered $810 out of the requested $100,000 prior to the page being shut down.
Some of the donors’ comments were downright funny.
As expected, that GoFundMe request from Nicole didn’t go over well, with Cinnamon receiving all kinds of nasty comments on GoFundMe. Eventually, the GoFundMe page by Cinnamon was shut down, reports PIX11, due to what Media Director Kelsea Little said was a violation of GoFundMe’s terms.
“The campaign in question was removed for a violation of GoFundMe’s Terms & Conditions.”
On Facebook, Cinnamon Nicole wrote that it was all a joke, with Cinnamon thanking people who came to her defense in the GoFundMe melee.
“Thank you to those that have actually commented and defended me on these post… That’s what’s up!!!! Y’all the real MVP’s… If I’m forgetting someone let me know!!!!”
Nicole also wrote on Facebook that Cinnamon’s account was under review, but that the backlash would stop her from moving forward.
“Fbf I can’t even like/share anymore… My page is under review!!! I Thank all of you who actually stuck by me and stood up for me, I appreciate it. People are so quick to judge without knowing or even considering anything other than their point of view. But this ain’t no serious post…. Continue to bash, scorn/ scandalize my name #ItIsWhatItIs#GoFundMe#YallReallyUpsetThough“
On Instagram, Cinnamon appears to have stopped posting to one of her Instagram accounts years ago.
The GoFund me page by Nicole may have been a joke, as Cinnamon claims, or a real attempt to raise funds, but it’s only the latest in a string of happenings after the big Powerball jackpot was won.
Earlier on Saturday, January 16, a scam website named JohnandLisaGiveBack.com claimed that Powerball winners John and Lisa Robinson were giving out $10,000 to a large number of folks, but that was deemed to be a hoax and a phishing scam, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Additional fallout from the Powerball record-setting jackpot included several people publishing photoshopped Powerball tickets to social media, claiming they had won the Powerball. Others promised to share their winnings with those who liked, commented, or favorited their social media postings. Cinnamon’s seems to be the first GoFundMe page gone viral that asked for a Powerball reimbursement.
Whatever Cinnamon’s original intention for setting up her Powerball reimbursement page on GoFundMe, the page surely went viral in a way that Nicole likely didn’t expect.
[Image via GoFundMe]