Meme About Solving ‘Poverty’ by Redistributing $1.3 Billion Lottery Jackpot Goes Viral — Can You Spot the Irreconcilable Problem?

Not every Facebook meme is to be believed.

Case in point: the current meme being wildly circulated on social media claims that if the current Powerball winnings were divided evenly, every single American would be the recipient of $4.3 million. But just because that division is showcased on a chalkboard, doesn’t mean it’s true.

In fact, for those a little fearful of long division, a simple calculator will tell you that $1.3 billion divided by 300 million, the population that the meme uses, is only $4.33.

As in, 4 dollars and 33 cents.

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Posted by Livesosa on Sunday, January 10, 2016


The meme has been shared more than 760,000 times — just from one page.

As Factually pointed out, the U.S. population is actually closer to 310 million people — thus putting the evenly distributed winnings at $4.09.

(H/T: Factually)