Move over Michelle and Barrack Obama – your victory hugging picture has just been passed as the most shared photo on Facebook of all time. The joke? The guy didn’t even own the winning lottery ticket he claimed to have in his possession.
The prank follows a draw this week in a US lottery with a top prize of $588 million. One of the winners came from the Phoenix area, allowing another local resident to play a joke that quickly exploded online.
Nathan Daniels appears to be a genuine person: a man claiming to be his brother told a local newspaper that Nathan is a 35-year old software engineer. Whether he exists or not, whoever controls the Nathan Daniels Facebook account posted a photograph of a man holding a ticket displaying the winning number.
The caption read ” Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!”
Perhaps some people are truly gullible or perhaps they figure there’s nothing to lose, but share that photo they truly did. The image has been cut and paste in several spoof accounts and Facebook groups, but it appears that the original has been shared at least two million times.
We’ll come clean about it. Some of us at CDL Life fell for the prank. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Humph.