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Woman takes to crowdfunding site to get back her Powerball losses

Technically Incorrect: A Tennessee woman reportedly raises $800 after she goes to GoFundMe to make up for her futile spending on Powerball tickets.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


This week's jackpot is almost nothing.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We're all in this together. Truly.

If I'd won this week's Powerball jackpot, I would surely have given you all at least $5 each.

It's true, though, that I had little chance of winning. Some, however, still said to themselves, "You never know."

It appears one such person was a certain Cinnamon Nicole from Cordova, Tennessee. As Vibe reports, she claimed to have bought quite a few tickets.

Not being one of the lucky winners -- even though one successful ticket did come from her home state -- she did what any self-respecting person would do. She tried to get her money back.

This is, after all, only fair. It's not her fault she lost. She likely had some very fine numbers. She was just unlucky.

So she launched a GoFundMe page, one that has now vanished. A GoFundMe spokeswoman told me, "The campaign in question was removed for a violation of GoFundMe's Terms & Conditions."

However, New York's PIX11 news grabbed a screenshot on a smartphone, and Vibe recorded Nicole's sweet and plaintive words:

Please help me and my family as we have exausted [sic] all of our funds. We spent all of our money on lottery tickets (expecting to win the 1.5 billion) and are now in dire need of cash. With your small donation of at least $1.00, a like and one share, I'm certain that we will be able to pick ourselves up from the trenches of this lost [sic] and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again! PLEASE, won't you help a family in need. DONATE NOW.

You won't be surprised that many of her fellow human beings took pity. The campaign reportedly raised $800 before disappearing.

Naturally, there's no real proof that Nicole bought any Powerball tickets at all (or, for that matter, that she's an actual person). She may well have been merely trying to ice her cake.

The Web is full of individuals preying on the good of mankind. You see it in email scams as surely as you see it on crowdfunding sites.

Just as in real life, you don't know whom to trust.

But I will offer you a happy ending, because I like happy endings and they are rare: GoFundMe told me that all the Cinnamon-spiced donations have been refunded.