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Nolan Daniels Giveaway

Claim:   Nolan Daniels, one of the two winners of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, is giving away $1 million to the millionth person to post a particular photo to Facebook of him holding up his winning ticket.


Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, November 2012]

a male named Nolan Daniels from Florida Ridge Fl is posting he will give a million dollars to the millionth person who shares his picture on Facebook... is this true?

This guy on Facebook says he won Powerball and if you share his photo, he will give 1 million to a random individual. The picture features the user in question holding the "winning" Powerball ticket.

Nolan Daniels

Origins:   At the close of November 2012, the record Powerball jackpot was hit to the tune of $587.5 million. One of the winning tickets was sold in Missouri, and the other in Arizona.

After the drawing, a couple in Missouri bearing the surname of Hill was identified as the holders of one of two winning tickets, and nearly
two weeks later Phoenix, Arizona, resident Matthew Good was identified as the other.

Nolan Daniels looks nothing like either of those winners. While the numbers displayed in the photo that he'd like others to post to their Facebook walls in hopes of being the lucky millionth poster do match the winning numbers drawn for the $587.5 million jackpot, they're not in numerical order, which proves the photo is a fake.

As stated in the Powerball FAQ: "The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order."

A handful of days later, a Facebook post authored by "Sokhavy Hilton" appeared. He announced:
Yes, I am one of the winner of 580$ Million PowerBall :) I will pick 10 random people to get 1 Million $ each if you share this! I care for others too! :)

Nolan Daniels
The chunk of cheese being used to lure the easily gulled has grown: while "Nolan Daniels" promised one winner of $1 million, "Sokhavy Hilton" promised 10 winners of $1 million apiece. In mid-December 2012, Tim Haynes mocked the fictitious come-on with a similar photo which was circulated with an encouragement to Facebook users to "like and share this picture and I will give one lucky person $1,000,000!":

So, once again, there is no free lunch to be had, no free-spirited $1 million giveaway from some hithertofore unheard of overjoyed Powerball winner. Instead, it's all just a hoax intended to lure the gullible into chasing a non-existent rainbow and in the process bestowing upon its perpetrator some cheap Internet fame.

Last updated:   17 December 2012

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    Bradley, Tahman.   "'Possible Powerball Winner Caught on Tape."
    WABC-TV.   29 November 2012.