The drawing for the largest-ever lottery prize will be on Wednesday, if you still want a ticket.
3. But on Monday, a meme began to circulate on Facebook that urged people to take a good, hard look at what kind of impact the jackpot, at that time a paltry $1.3 billion, could REALLY have.
4. The meme claims that if the winner of the big prize instead split the money with every American citizen, each person would get $4.33 million. “Poverty solved!” it declared.
6. Many people on social media used the photo to chastise their friends about how the lottery promotes greed across America.
7. There’s just one problem…
One of the first people to notice the bad math was a myth buster at Snopes.
10. Thankfully, some people on Facebook did the math and tried to alert the masses.
12. And of course, people had to make Steve Harvey jokes.
13. The original meme was credited to the Instagram account @Esteyban. As for Livesosa, he later posted that he knew it was wrong.
14. But hey, we can still hope the person who wins the jackpot is generous enough to give us all enough money for a latte.
15. UPDATE: The original creator of the meme, Steve Esteyban Bastien, has reappeared on Instagram and doesn’t seem too phased about his mistake going viral.
“Sometimes is takes a little humility and humor to start a conversation about an important topic,” he wrote.
Bastien told BuzzFeed News that he is “overwhelmed” and “honored to be noticed” by so many people because of the meme.
“I made a mistake but for me, the message was more important and goes beyond just the equation,” he said. “I’m glad a brought a little light and spin to the conversation. Sadly, I should have made sure the math was right before making the quote inspired meme from my friend.”
17. Bastien credited the idea to his friend Philipe Andolini. Andolini said on Facebook that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and haters gonna hate.
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