Catfish or Powerball winner? Internet freaks out over skateboarder’s claim – USA TODAY
People areÂ freaking out over whether or notÂ skateboarder ErikÂ Bragg won a cut of the Powerball jackpot on social media.
Shortly after the numbers for the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot were announced Wednesday night,Â Bragg posted a photo onÂ Instagram claiming that he purchased the winning ticket in California.
In the post, Bragg poses with a lottery ticket that has the winning numbers.
“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,â Bragg said.Â Â Â USA TODAY has reached out to Bragg for comment.
As of Thursday morning, the post hadÂ over 73,000 comments and almost 90,000 likes. The commentsÂ range from questions of what photoshop app Bragg used to congratulations and requests for free skateboards.
Here’s where the plot thickens.
Within an hour of posting the Instagram photo, a Twitter account purporting to be Bragg popped up on social media and other unverified accounts soon followed.
One of the accounts claiming to be BraggÂ tweeted, âNo one needs all this money! Iâll give $1000 to every person who RTs this tweet! Must be following! #Powerball.â Â Another said, “Not selfish! Giving away 1,000 to everyone who retweets this and follows me within 24 hours! #Powerball#giveback.”
The tweet has almost 16,000 retweets.
The overwhelming consensus on social media is that the accounts are fake, but A+ for effort!
Another person tweeted that changing your Twitter handle to Erik Bragg could result in more followers. A win-win, obviously.
The catfish accounts appear to be using photosÂ from Braggâs public Instagram account.Â Â While Bragg has yet to confirm whether he is actually the winner or just the victim of yet another Internet catfish ring, one thing is certain, a winning ticket was purchased inÂ Chino Hills, Calif., where BraggÂ grew up.
Winning Powerball tickets were also sold inÂ Munford, Tenn.Â and Melbourne Beach, Fla.
P.S. this is actually Erik Bragg writing this article, send $1 to VirginiaÂ and get $5 back!
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