On Friday, a photo by Nolan Daniels holding up a "winning" Powerball ticket went viral on Facebook. As of 4:30 p.m. today, it had 2.08 million shares on Facebook—all because Daniels promised to give $1 million to one random person who shared his photo.
It was proven to be a fake, but that hasn't stopped the photo from continuing to be shared today. Now, Facebook users are getting fooled again.
The new trickster's name is Sokhavy Hilton. He has taken the self-promoting act further than Daniels by adding his name to the bottom of his photo that allegedly shows him holding a winning ticket. He also claims, essentially, to be 10 times more charitable than Daniels. "Yes, I am one of the winner of 580$ Million PowerBall :) I will pick 10 random people to get 1 Million $ each if you share this! I care for others too! :)," he wrote in the photo's description. As of 4:30, this had gained him 181,000 shares.
Hilton's act is bullshit, which shouldn't be too surprising for a relentless self-promoter who somehow gained over 100,000 Twitter followers despite a whopping 86% of them being inactive, according to the app Status People. Here's why he's lying: Hilton's ticket indicates it was purchased in Washington, a state that, unlike Missouri and Arizona, did not produce a winning ticket. The Missouri winner has claimed his winnings. The Arizona winner hasn't come forward yet, but, again, we do know that the ticket was bought in that state. Not in Washington. And not by Hilton, whose status updates indicate that he is based out of Tacoma.
Don't fall for this stuff, folks. These people don't deserve attention. And they sure as hell don't deserve people saying they're "kind" and "charitable."