I logged into Facebook this evening and noticed several people had shared an image posted by a Nolan Daniels, in which he appears to be holding up a winning Powerball ticket.

The comment below reads “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!”.

At first glance, nothing seems unusual. A regular guy is over the moon with his share of the $587 million jackpot and wants to share the wealth. ..

Nolan Daniels - sharing his Powerball winnings on Facebook (FAKE)
Nolan Daniels – sharing his Powerball winnings on Facebook (or is he?)

Early reports suggest that there were two winning tickets. The first has been tracked back to a man & wife in Missouri but the other winner, who bought their ticket in Arizona, is yet to be identified.

Is it possible that Nolan Daniels (Facebook link) is this man?

Afraid not.

A quick look at the official Powerball website shows that winning numbers are printed in ascending order. However Nolan Daniel’s “winning Powerball ticket” shows numbers going from biggest to smallest.

So, if you are one of the 265,000 people who has already shared his photo, I regret to inform you there will be no $1m prize for doing so. Looks like we’re all in the office on Monday…..

Published by Adam Arnold

Adam Arnold is a 20(ish), father & founder of the Smarter Group; a member of CTVF500; Entrepreneur in Residence @ Wolves Uni; SPEED+ Mentor & an #sbs winner.

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    1. But the numbers are printed in a specific order (lowest to highest). His ticket is in reverse….

      And if you check Yume’s comment, it seems this isn’t the first time Nolan has posted a fake Powerball ticket 🙂

  1. The numbers on real tickets are printed in ascending order and the ticket is obviously fake. Congratulations for picking up on that. Great call on noticing the numbers go from biggest to smallest also. Extra bonus points for everyone that agreed and/or referred to the numbers as in reverse order. I’ve always considered 22 to be less than 29 and 23 as well.

  2. You can tell it is photoshopped easily…zoom in on the numbers and you can see that the pixels around the numbers do no blend, but have a nice rectangular pattern showing that they have been cut and moved. some of the edited numbers are not even aligned with the rest. CLEARLY a fake, especially since the “16” looks like it used to be a “46”…c’mon people…EVEN so, i’m pretty sure, you would have just as good of odds of getting the milion dollars from buying your own lotto ticket than to trust some Schmo off facebook.

  3. Well, this photo could certainly be a fake, but I bought five PB tickets, and they were not printed in ascending order. Posting the website doesn’t mean anything–of course they would post the results in ascending order.

  4. I am Nolan’s biological brother. However, true brothers are defined by loyalty, honesty, and a bond of trust. He is not one of those kind of brothers. If you want to add to the viral stream, then you should know that he was dating my ex of 3 years in secret for a year and told me via email while on vacation with her after he left my house (roommates after his 2nd divorce) and left the business (partners for 6 years). Solid guy. I get the post, it is funny to some people. However, from what I hear about his message box being full of people’s stories of hardship and desire for help is kind of sad. Even though most knew it was fake people hang onto the most slim opportunities for some luck, some hope. December is the number 1 month for heart attacks, strokes, and suicide. Combine that with the economic state of this country and people desperately hang on to even the tiniest bit of hope. I hope people were able to shake it off. I’m sure the vast majority did. The idea of someone winning and then sharing in a second lottery is touching. Too bad it this wasn’t the case. Fake saint, real douche bag. – Derek Daniels

  5. I have worked at a well known convenience store and this is not necessarily true because I believe that if the person picks the numbers themselves and the clerk puts them in manually on the lottery machine that the ticket prints in the order the numbers are entered onto the machine, I may be mistaken but will definitely try to find out the next time I manually enter numbers at work and I will let you know what the results are 🙂 but now that I am reviewing the other comments I don’t know what to think but will still check it out

    1. I did some Googling and all of the pictures I found showed the numbers in ascending order but there was nothing concrete to say it had to be the case. I should probably edit my entry!

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