Eric First, Eastside Staff January 29, 2016 Leave a Comment
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The odds of winning last Wednesday’s 1.6 billion dollar Powerball jackpot were one in 292.2 million. To put this into perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning once in a lifetime are just one in 3,000.
On Wednesday, however, America’s largest lottery jackpot in history had three tickets matching the winning numbers. So far, just one of the winners has come forward to claim his $528.8 million share of the prize.
John Robinson from Tennessee is the only confirmed winner, while each of the two other winning tickets sold in California and Florida are still yet to be redeemed.
Erik Bragg, a professional skateboarder, has gained national attention on social media following his Instagram post just minutes after the drawing.
“OMG I WON $1.5 BILLION. I’m posting this in case anyone tries to jack me this is proof! Look it up, I bought in chino hills where I grew up! #powerball,” wrote Bragg on his Instagram account @thisguysthelimit.
According to Bragg’s post, his ticket purchased in California for the Powerball matched the winning numbers in the exact order they were drawn. This post has received over 132,000 likes, 92,000 comments and his account now has 111,000 followers.
Following this post, many people went on Twitter, creating fake Erik Bragg accounts. These accounts promised as much as $1,000 to whomever retweeted and followed them within 24 hours. As a result, many people still hoping to get their hands on a share of the jackpot decided to promote these pages.
Within a few hours, thousands had been duped, including several Cherry Hill East students, only to realize that nobody would be sending them a check.
Speculations have now arisen nationwide as to whether Bragg is actually even the California winner of the $528.8 million dollars. Many people throughout the country now believe that the ticket is photo-shopped. On the left hand side of the ticket pictured in Bragg’s post, there are the letters A through E. This would indicate that five sets of number combinations would have been purchased for this given ticket; however, there is only the one winning combination next to the A. In the case that only one number combination was purchased on the ticket, there should just be a single A.
Kobe Tamburino (’18) and Nhat Tran (’18) are two students who initially believed the legitimacy of the picture. Neither of them did retweet the Twitter posts, though, because they were skeptical of the offer of free money.
“The picture looked real because he did such a great job when he photo-shopped it,” said Tran.
Tamburino is a firm believer that Bragg’s sole intention was for the photo-shopped picture to be a publicity stunt.
Tamburino said,“It is clear he wanted the fame.”
Bragg does in fact have experience in photoshop. Along with being a professional skateboarder, Bragg is also the director of the film “True: Plan B Skateboards” and fellow skateboarder Ryan Sheckler’s personal cameraman.
The names of lottery winners in California are required to be disclosed to the public once their tickets have been cashed. Winners must cash their tickets within 180 days after the drawing.
While Bragg claims to be the California lottery winner, it still remains to be seen which member of “The Golden State” will come forward with the ticket to the record-setting jackpot.
The odds of winning last Wednesday’s 1.6 billion dollar Powerball jackpot were one in 292.2 million. To put this into perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning once in a lifetime are just one in 3,000. On Wednesday, however, America’s largest lottery jackpot in history had three tickets matching the winning numbers. So far,…