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Woman starts GoFundMe after losing Powerball

A Tennessee woman who claimed her family spent their entire savings on lottery tickets set up a “Powerball Reimbursement Fund” GoFundMe campaign page to help return all of the money she lost trying to win last week’s record $1.5 billion jackpot.

According to the Huffington Post, Cinnamon Nicole set up a GoFundMe campaign in which said she expected to win the $1.58 billion Powerball prize. She wrote that she and her family spent a fortune on lottery tickets last week, despite the 1 in 292.2 million chance of hitting the jackpot.

Although GoFundMe removed the campaign from the site, a cached version of the page reads, “Please help me and my family as we have exhausted 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 and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again!”

Seven people donated a total of $810 towards the campaign’s $100,000 goal. 

Although it’s unclear exactly how much the family spent on lottery tickets, a since-deleted post on Cinnamon Nicole’s Facebook page said she had won $4, the Huffington Post reported. 

GoFundMe confirmed to CNet that the campaign was removed and all the funds raised have been returned to the donors. 

Contact Caitlin Lilly at clilly@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @caitiesmith

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