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.

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