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Calif. man claiming to be big Powerball winner

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:47:11-05

A man who claims he is one of the big winners of Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot is tweeting that he will be sharing his newfound wealth.

A Twitter account popped up with the handle @ThePowerballGuy shortly after the drawing. A man claiming to be Erik Bragg has since been tweeting that he is the winner from Chino Hills, California, and that he plans to give away some of his money.

The real Bragg is a pro skateboarder and film director, according to Refinery 29.

He initially tweeted that he would give $10,000 to everyone who retweeted him before 12:00.

Then he said he would give away $1,000 to everyone that retweeted and followed him.

Next, he claimed he would give $20K to the first 100K people who followed him.

And then it jumped to $1 million for everyone.

Shortly after, it was back down to just $1,000.

And then it was back up to $1M for one lucky person.

The self-proclaimed winner was also encouraging people to follow his Instagram account for a chance to win and to download a mixtape for a chance at $30,000.

He apparently went to sleep for a few hours after his big win, but was right back at it early Thursday morning.


His quest for followers and retweets seems to be working. As of 7:30 a.m. PT Thursday morning, the Twitter account was being followed by a little over 17,000 people.

A winning ticket was indeedsold in Chino Hills. Two other winning tickets were sold in Florida and Tennessee. At this time, none of the winners have been officially identified.

Although nothing bad will probably happen if you believe the man who is claiming to be a big winner, we suggest you take his claims with a grain of salt. Many of our viewers on Facebook are pointing out that the ticket has to be altered.

Hint: Note the ABCE column on the left. He has 5 rows on this ticket, but we only see one row.

There are other accounts also claiming that they won the jackpot.

RELATED: Beware the Powerball scammers posting photos of their fake 'winning' tickets



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