Man Fools More Than 500,000 Facebook Users Pretending To Be Lottery Winner

As we learned earlier with the ubiquitous “In response to the new Facebook guidelines” posts, Facebook users will share just about anything — especially if they’ve got a shot at $1 million. Recently, a Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself with the $587.5 million-winning Powerball ticket, with the caption, “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!” More than 500,000 people have shared the photo. One problem, though: the ticket isn’t real.

Gawker pointed out that the numbers on the ticket would be in order, citing the Powerball FAQ:

The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order.

It’s plain to see that the numbers on Daniels’ faked ticket appear to read: 4, 22, 29, 23, 46, 5.

Other than that, the real winners have already come forward.

Readers: Were you duped into thinking Daniels had struck it rich?

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