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This California man duped the internet with his ‘winning’ Powerball ticket

Three lucky people won the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing. Though they’ll have to split the pool, it still means taking home hundreds of millions in cash.

Naturally, everyone is eager to know the people behind the tickets. Powerball can tell where the winning ticket was sold from, but it’s up to the player to come forward.

One man, Erik Bragg, posted a photo on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit claiming he was holding the winning ticket in his hand.

But as far as everyone can tell — the ticket is a fake.

A photo posted by Erik Bragg (@thisguysthelimit) on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:10pm PST Jan 13, 2016 at 8:10pm PST

The caption reads: ” 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”

The California Lottery did indeed tweet out a statement indicating the winning ticket was sold in Chino Hills, but that’s far from proof.

As Sage Lazzaro at the Observer noted, Erik Bragg is a notorious skateboarder and Instagram star. With his huge following on social media, it didn’t take long for the photo to spread. Bragg’s tweet about the alleged winning ticket told followers he would give away winning to everyone who retweeted the post.

I am not a selfish guy and I will be #GivingAway some of my winnings to every person who retweets this! #Powerball

He was up to 102,000 retweets at the time this article was written.

The photo also made its way to Reddit, possibly posted by Bragg himself under the username ghostinthetv. There people began picking apart the photo, noting the signs it was fabricated.

First, the letters found on the left side read A through E. When you purchase multiple tickets at once, the different number sets are each placed on their own line, with a letter in front. Bragg’s ticket should have five lines of numbers if the letters A, B, C, D, and E are printed there.

Which brings us to the second point. If there were tickets purchased at $2 each, the total would read $10 — not just $2 as Bragg’s ticket shows.

There are also inconsistencies in the shapes of the numbers and blurred edges, making it seem like a poorly construction Photoshop job.

But you can’t fool the masses, especially when they’re expecting fake outs.

@ThisGuysThLimit might want to erase the ABCDE to just A on the side of the ticket next time El Crappo. #GivingAway photoshop advice

The identity of the real winners remains unknown. We know they purchased the tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee. California residents can wait up to one year to claim their prize, and Florida and Tennessee natives have just 180 days. According to USA Mega, once the claim period expires the state will take back the winnings.

Lottery information is generally regarded as public domain in most states, so the winners identities will be revealed once they claim the prize. Don’t count on seeing Erik Bragg’s name among them.

People on Twitter and Reddit called him out for the clear tinkering with numbers.

Powerball Hoax: Man Claiming Win On Social Media Definitely Photoshopped His Ticket

I am not a selfish guy and I will be #GivingAway some of my winnings to every person who retweets this! #Powerball

It’s been confirmed there are three lucky winners of the record-breaking $1.5 million Powerball jackpot. This man, Erik Bragg, claims to be the one from Chino Hills, California. We’re pretty positive, however, that he is not.

First off, who is Eric Bragg? He’s a famous skateboarder and Instagram star. He’s in a cover band that’s opened for Lil Wayne at Redbull-sponsored events. He directed a movie that made it to number four on the Itunes chart. He’s a brand ambassador for Grey Goose vodka and does autograph signings. He’s been featured in Vanity Fair and has posed for Terry Richardson.

With all of this going for him and his huge Instagram following, it’s no surprise the photo of what he alleges is a winning ticket skyrocketed to viral fame. After promising to share some of the winnings with whoever shared the photos, he’s already seen just shy of 100K RTs.

And naturally, with all of that attention came speculation. The Internet has been picking apart his ticket, and what’s been noticed acts as pretty convincing evidence that the ticket was digitally altered to display the winning numbers.

Five letters. Only one number set. If you take a close look at the ticket in the photo, you’ll notice letters A through E listed on the left. As multiple Redditors have pointed out, if there are five letters there, there should be five sets of numbers, but there’s only one—the winning set.

The price. As mentioned, there are places for five sets of numbers, which would cost $10 to purchase. The ticket say it was purchased for only $2, however.

The zeros look “funny,” some have said.

And so do the fours. And the one. If you zoom in very close, you can see a difference in color around 04 and 34. It doesn’t look like they were originally there. The same has been said about the 19.

Basically, there’s a lot about this ticket that doesn’t add up. We’ve reached out to Mr. Bragg for comment and have yet to hear back.

We're pretty positive Erik Bragg, skateboarder claiming $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot win in Chino Hills, California, is lying. ]]>