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Meme claiming to solve poverty with Powerball jackpot is flat-out wrong

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet — no matter how much you want it to be true.

All over the U.S., people are buying tickets for Wednesday’s record-breaking Powerball $1.4 billion jackpot. In today’s political climate, a lot of people have to be thinking: With so many people struggling below the poverty line, how many people can that huge amount of money help?

On Monday, a meme on Facebook started going around that attempted to do the math.

At the time, the jackpot was at $1.3 billion. The creator of the meme took that sum, divided it by the estimated U.S. population (based on the 2014 census, 300 million), and ended up with the answer of $4.33 million.

Poverty solved. We can all go home on our yachts covered in gold coins, sipping on the finest champagne with Kanye West begging us to please join him and Kim at their winter retreat for Christmas. Marvelous.

Except, one problem: that math is actually completely wrong and the actual answer is about $4. We can all go to Starbucks and get a nice mocha latte. Maybe just a tall. No whip. Nothing fancy.

Despite the meme being obviously wrong, the picture was shared more than 900,000 times after musician Livesosa posted it on their Facebook page. While some caught on quickly (and found it funny), others were easily duped (and angry) about the meme’s trickery.

A Facebook meme claims the jackpot could solve poverty for everyone in America. Only one problem: the math is wrong.

Don’t believe this Powerball meme going viral on social media

A customer shows his purchased Powerball tickets at a grocery store in Hialeah, Fla., Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. The Powerball jackpot has grown to over $1 billion. (Alan Diaz/AP)

If you’ve come across a viral meme on Facebook saying that Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot can solve poverty in America, take caution, because the meme’s math doesn’t quite add up.

On Sunday, an image of a math equation began spreading across Facebook, claiming if you distributed a $1.3 Powerball jackpot equally across the U.S. population, everyone would receive $4.33 million.

While the meme, originally posted by posted by R&B group Livesosa, was shared over 1.3 million times, it seems to have flunked basic math: $1.3 billion divided by 300 million is not $4.33 million, but just $4.33 total.

Many Facebook commenters were quick to point out that the meme’s math was off, while others said that they’d have no problem taking just $4.33.

“Hey genius. I don’t know what math you learned, but thats only $4.33 dollars a person,” wrote one Facebook user.

“I’ll take the $4.33 and buy 2 Powerball tickets and a piece of gum,” wrote another.

Livesosa later shared another image of the equation, this time on an image of Steve Harvey, stating that the post was all just a joke.

As of Tuesday, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing stands at $1.5 billion.

A viral meme being shared on Facebook about Powerball winnings solving poverty doesn't quite add up. ]]>