The math in this viral Powerball meme is way off

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 12:29:27-05

There's a meme going around Facebook about the Powerball jackpot that got its math way wrong.

Here's a post that had over a million shares at the time this article was published: 


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Posted by Livesosa on Sunday, January 10, 2016

For the record, the correct division there comes out to just $4.33 per person -- not $4.33 million.

To be even more accurate, the jackpot is at 1.4 billion, and the U.S. population is closer to 319 million people. So we're talking around $4.38 per person. While that's about enough for a fast food value meal, it isn't exactly a comprehensive solution to poverty nationwide.

Sure, there are probably better ways to spend $1.4 billion than launching a random American into the upper ranks of "the 1%" overnight. So, what would you do with the money instead?