Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet — no matter how much you want it to be true.

All over the U.S., people are buying tickets for Wednesday’s record-breaking Powerball $1.4 billion jackpot. In today’s political climate, a lot of people have to be thinking: With so many people struggling below the poverty line, how many people can that huge amount of money help?

On Monday, a meme on Facebook started going around that attempted to do the math.

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At the time, the jackpot was at $1.3 billion. The creator of the meme took that sum, divided it by the estimated U.S. population (based on the 2014 census, 300 million), and ended up with the answer of $4.33 million. Read more…

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Meme claiming to solve poverty with Powerball jackpot is flat-out wrong