Bragg is bragging? Erik Bragg, a shaggy looking professional skateboarder and filmmaker from California, is telling the world that he was one of the three individuals to split the whopping $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot. Bragg posted a photo on Instagram – which has since gone viral – of him all bug-eyed behind his winning ticket, which does show the now famous combination of numbers.
Reports MSN News on Jan. 14: “Erik Bragg posted an image on Instagram purporting to be a real Powerball ticket containing the winning numbers from Wednesday’s drawing. But Bragg’s boast was immediately met with skepticism by hordes of social media users who suspected he was nothing more than a hoaxer with decent Photoshop skills.”
“OMG I won $1.5 billion,” Bragg posted under his Instagram user name thisguysthe limit. “I’m posting this in case anyone tries to jack me this is proof! Look it up, I bought in Chino Hills where I grew up!”
His post was followed by a number of fans wishing the skater “good vibes,” though a fair amount are now calling out the 32-year-old for his potential prank.
According to Erik Bragg’s Everipedia page, the actor, who had roles in The Princess Diaries films and who has done commercial spots for McDonald’s and 24 Hour Fitness, “won second place in state at a VICA webdesign competition. On the side, Bragg also continues to work in web and graphic design, designing clothes and creating websites.” So Photoshop should be a pice of cake.
The winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California, where Bragg went to school, Munford, Tennessee and Melbourne Beach, Florida. Thus far, Powerball officials have not formally identified any of the three winners.
Posters on Instagram and Reddit said the “4” in the 34 and 04 look edited. Others said the alphabetical letters running down the left of the ticket are out of place. “The only reason the ticket would have A, B, C, D and E down the side is if it had five sets of numbers,” a user on Reddit said. “One set of numbers would only have the letter A, and would be more centered on the ticket.” Others pointed out extra lines where it appears numbers were photoshopped out.
Another reason that some think Bragg is unduly bragging? On Twitter, he promised to give $1,000 to anyone who retweets his supposedly winning photo and who follows him. Not a bad way to get some publicity.
Another Instagram photo showed Bragg’s ticket with the colors inverted, which makes it appear on close inspection that the wavy background pattern is inconsistent around the so-called winning numbers.
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So do you think Erik Bragg is a Powerball winner?