Summary: Rickstarr “RickStarrXO” Ferragamo won the jackpot for the Powerball on January 2016 and is sharing his winnings with 10 random people who share his Facebook post.
Originated from: A Facebook post
Date(s) active: Jan 2016
Social media rumours are rife as Internet user Rickstarr Ferragam has exclaimed he will be sharing his jackpot winnings to those who share a photo of him apparently showing his winning ticket to the camera. The photo and post can be seen below.
I am picking 10 random people who share this photo and giving them $10,000 each. CALL ME CRAZY BUT GOD is GOOD!
I WASNT GOING TO PUT THIS ON FB BUT I COULDNT HOLD IT AND I STILL CANT BELIEVE THIS!!! I WON $1.5 BILLION. MY FAMILY HAS BEEN CRYING FOR HOURS.
THE WINNER : Instagram: Rickstarrxo Snapchat: RickstarrLife
FOLLOW ME ON INSTRAGRAM: rickstarrxo
However before you rush to click the Share button, all is not as it seems. The post is fake and seems to be an attempt to lure people into liking his Facebook profile in a technique known as like-farming (manipulating people into following you on Facebook.)
Perhaps the easiest giveaway that this is nothing more than a hoax is that Rickstarr purports on another Facebook post to be from New York City, which is obviously in New York State. This is reaffirmed on his Powerball ticket, which displays the name of the state in which it was purchased, and as you can see above it states New York.
However no winning ticket was purchased in New York. The 3 tickets that scooped the jackpot were in Tennessee, Florida and California. Thus the image depicting the ticket has been digitally manipulated.
A number of similar hoaxes have appeared online stating similar things in that you need to share a photo of a supposed winning ticket to get a portion of the Powerball jackpot, but these appear to be all hoaxes.