People! If it sounds too good to be true …

…. more than likely, it isn’t!

Today’s installment is from Powerball and Facebook. Two friends (both in my motorcycle circle, hmmm) shared this photo and pledge:

Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!

Nolan Daniels Powerball Hoax

From the Powerball FAQ:

The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order.

Look at his numbers. Not even close to numerical order.

Probability of hoax: about 99.99%. We won’t know for sure until the second winner speaks up.

The corollary is this: if it sounds too awful be true … it probably isn’t true.

Feel your knees (and other parts) being jerked around by an image or a headline? Take a deep breath and check Snopes. Or, these days, just type the offending phrase into Google or Bing. Think how virtuous you’ll feel, knowing you were’t manipulated!

Tip: http://bminusblogs.com/2012/11/30/is-this-nolan-daniels-cat-serious/
Confirmation (of a sort): Christian Science Monitor

Author: Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

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