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Powerball Math Meme Purports to Solve Poverty, but It's Way Off

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Jan 2016 06:41 AM

A Powerball meme that claims to have solved the problem of poverty in America has taken off on social media, but millions are now chuckling at the incorrect math.

"According to the meme, the $1.3 billion jackpot divided by the U.S. population of roughly 300 million people would provide everyone with $4.33 million," ABC News reported.

"But actually, everyone would get only about $4.33."

One person who posted the meme, Livesosa, an Arkansas-based musician, has received thousands of comments and over 1 million shares on Facebook.

After it was pointed out that the math was completely wrong, Livesosa weighed in with some deep thoughts on the matter, and also posted a few jokes about the meme.

"Clearly the lady that created this post picture was off . . . But the point she was trying to make . . . Spot on my people," wrote Livesosa. "Point she was attempting to make is simple . . . There's enough money to feed the people . . . Why is the world like it is[?]. Her math was incorrect but I get it."

Mathematically speaking, Livesosa also pointed out that no one had figured out how much money it would take to give everyone in the U.S. $4 million each.

Simple arithmetic ($4 million times 300 million people) tells us that the Powerball jackpot would have to reach $1,200,000,000,000,000 — that is, $1.2 quadrillion — in order to give everyone in the U.S. $4 million.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the total net worth of the U.S. is roughly $84.9 trillion. That works out to roughly $250,000 per person.

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A Powerball meme that claims to have solved the problem of poverty in America has taken off on social media, but millions are now chuckling at the incorrect math.
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