Nolan Ryan Daniels, 35, of the Phoenix metro area claimed to be one of two winners of Wednesday’s record $588 million Powerball drawing. Thursday night, Daniels posted a doctored photo purporting to show a winning ticket, with the caption: “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!”
The photo has been shared more than 2 million times. On Sunday, despite international headlines identifying it as a hoax, the photo continued to spread by more than 100 Facebook users a minute. About 1 in every 500 of Facebook’s 1 billion users worldwide has now shared the photo.
With 2 million-plus shares, the image may be the most-shared item in the eight-year history of Facebook.