Hoax Alert: Donald Trump DID NOT Spend $572,432,213 On Buying Every Possible PowerBall Ticket.

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

If you had over 572 million dollars to spend, wouldn't it be a good idea to buy all the tickets in a lottery you were sure would pay off 1.4 billion dollars? According to fake news site Daily Media Buzz, Donald Trump had exactly that idea and bought all the tickets, calling it an investment.

They quote Trump as saying:

This is a smart quick investment that only a fool could pass up

(alleged source: Fox News)

Trump then allegedly added:

If your poor then i believe you need to stay poor because you must be doing something wrong

While the spelling and grammar do seem to resemble Trump's on Twitter, the story is completely bogus. Daily Media Buzz specializes in posting fake news stories to get people riled up, for example claiming Tupac Shakur is still alive and Slim Jesus is dead.

Of course, several people fell for it already:


Source: comments at the original article

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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