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Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

by Sean Doyle · Published January 16, 2016 · Updated August 24, 2018

There are many Powerball hoaxes and scams since the winning numbers were announced on January 13th. One of the recent Powerball hoaxes is by a man named Matthew Kimball from Florida. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball but is claiming otherwise on Facebook. Matthew Kimball posted a message on Facebook that claims he will give away $15,000 to anyone who shares and likes his post. The post has an image of Matthew Kimball holding a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers; However, the date of the Powerball ticket in the image is covered with this finger. This suggests that Matthew Kimball printed out a new Powerball ticket with the old winning numbers.

The Matthew Kimball hoax can be debunked because all reputable news outlets have stated that the Florida winner has not been identified. In Matthew Kimball’s Facebook post he claims that he took the winning Powerball ticket back to the store and the woman there almost had a heart attack. This is actually did happen to the real winner and has been published in various news reports. Matthew Kimball took this information and used it in his post to make it seem more realistic.

Do not be fooled by the Matthew Kimball hoax. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. This is a common hoax/scam that has been spreading like wildfire. Recently a man named Rickstarr Ferragamo also claimed to win the Powerball and said he would give money away to people who shared his picture.

These types of hoaxes are usually done in order to gain attention. It is relevant to a like-farming scam where Facebook scammers share dubious information in order to generate Facebook likes for their pages and create potential customers. Satire web publications also do this in order to acquire web traffic and generate revenue from advertisements. Some malicious websites do this to phish personal information or spread malware.

In conclusion, Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. You will not get $15,000 for sharing his silly post. Do not be fooled!

Example

OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE I WON.

I TOOK IT INTO THE STORE TO CONFIRM AND THE LADY ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK.

IM GIVING HER A MILLION DOLLARS!! TIME TO GIVE BACK TO MY COUNTRY.

ANYONE WHO SHARES AND LIKES THIS POST I WILL BE GIVING YOU $15,000 DOLLARS!!

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball by Sean Doyle · Published January 16, 2016 · Updated August 24, 2018 There are many Powerball hoaxes and scams since the winning numbers were

Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? $1 Billion Winning Lottery Ticket Sold In Michigan

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR

Photo by Keith Srakocic AP

A patron, who did not want to give his name, uses the lottery ticket vending kiosk at a Smoker Friendly store to purchase tickets for the Mega Millions lottery drawing in Cranberry Township, Penn. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game grew to $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing after months without a winner.

It’s the kind of purchase many shoppers make on impulse. Eggs, milk, yogurt and — why not? — a lottery ticket.

With just six numbers drawn Friday night — 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and the Mega Ball of 24 — a ticket sold at a Michigan grocery store made somebody one of the richest people in the country.

“Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest Michigan multimillionaire,” Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain, told The Associated Press.

Only one person in the entire country picked all the winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot. So unlike in other big drawings, they won’t have to split the prize. The odds of winning were 1 in 302.5 million.

It’s the third-largest lotto jackpot in U.S. history. The winner — who purchased the ticket at a Kroger grocery store in the Detroit suburb of Novi — has a choice of whether to split that up into 30 annual installments or to take an upfront cash payment of $776.6 million minus a couple hundred million for taxes.

Friday’s jackpot came after 37 consecutive drawings with no winner. The dry spell wasn’t just due to bad luck; lottery ticket sales are down about 50% from their peak in October 2018, the AP reports. Some have blamed it on “jackpot fatigue.”

The coronavirus pandemic also caused a decline, as more people stayed home instead of waiting in line for their chance at a fortune. In response to sagging sales, officials at Powerball reduced starting jackpots from $40 million to $20 million in March. A few weeks later, Mega Millions followed suit.

Friday’s winner has not come forward, but they may have to eventually. State law says that winners of Michigan-only lotteries can remain anonymous — but Mega Millions is played across 45 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Your identity may be disclosed, and that disclosure may be required, as the winner of any prize from the multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions,” the Michigan Lottery website states.

Friday’s jackpot is the second big prize this week. On Wednesday, a Powerball winner in Maryland won $731.1 million (with a $546.8 million cash option).

The largest single-ticket jackpot in the country’s history was claimed in early 2019, when someone in South Carolina who won $1.5 billion stepped forward to collect the winnings on a Mega Millions drawing held five months earlier. That winner, who remained anonymous, chose to take a lump sum of nearly $878 million.

The next Mega Millions jackpot will start at $20 million.

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