Don’t announce that you’ve won the lotto on Facebook

Facebook user claims to be record Powerball winner; offers $1 million for ‘share’ |

Friday afternoon, a Facebook user going by the name of Nolan Daniels claimed to be one of the two winners of Wednesday’s record $588 million Powerball jackpot.

The user had posted a photo that appeared to show him holding a ticket with winning numbers…

In the post, the only one that was publicly visible on his account, Daniels wrote: “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!” Daniels’ later comments on the post indicated he lives in the Phoenix area.

Uh, maybe not. Looks like this guy perhaps wanted to see what he could get away with. The Missouri winners were announced (no relation to me) and it appears the Arizona winner could be the guy celebrating in the video but we don’t know yet. This all has to be sorted out. If you win a big jackpot, the DUMBEST thing you can do is announce it to the world before getting the ticket verified. And not changing your phone number.

Meanwhile, I’m feeling smug that I didn’t waste $5 in the office pool and I hope these folks have a good lawyer and financial consultant because the lottery can make you miserable.

Addition: Snopes page

  1 comment for “Don’t announce that you’ve won the lotto on Facebook

  1. December 1, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Almost certainly a hoax. A short debunking by the examiner reveals the numbers were printed in the wrong order (non numerical) Still over a millions shares, people will share anything on facebook without any kind of critical thinking it seems.

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