There's a meme making the rounds showing how Wednesday night's $1.4 BILLION Powerball jackpot can solve poverty.

Let's see if you can figure out the problem...

powerball meme
Instagram user @esteyban via Facebook

It reads:

Powerball 1.3 Billion
÷ U.S. Pop 300 Million

Everyone receives 4.33 mil

Poverty Solved!!

-Philipe Andolini

Now, I don't know who Philipe Andolini is, or more importantly, where he went to school, but unfortunately, that math is all kinds of wrong.

You see, when you divide 1.3 billion (1,300,000,000) by 300 million (300,000,000), you have to remember that that word million actually means something and can't just be moved around all willy-nilly.

So while 1,300,000,000 divided by 300 does equal 4.33 million, that's not what's happening here.

The actual math would be 1,300,000,000/300,000,000 = 4.33

So...every person in the U.S. would get $4.33. Four dollars and thirty-three cents. So much for solving poverty.


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