Don’t believe the viral Powerball post going around Facebook

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Don’t believe the viral Powerball post going around Facebook, claiming the Powerball jackpot, which is now at $1.4 billion, could solve poverty in the United States.

The math in the post does not quite work out.

The post claims if you divided $1.3 billion among the U.S. population, then everyone would receive $4.33 million.

But, $1,300,000,000/300,000,000 actually equals $4.33, NOT $4.33 million.

$1,300,000,000 / 300,000,000 actually equals $4.33
$1,300,000,000 / 300,000,000 actually equals $4.33

So you couldn’t even buy a footlong sub at Subway if the Powerball winnings were divided up among the U.S. population.

The Facebook poster may have fooled some Facebook users.

The post has been shared more than 720,000 times.

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