Mega Millions Winner (Fake, That Is) Plays April Fool’s Prank On The Press

    March 31, 2012
    Chris Crum

A man named Tom Kreft (if that is his real name) played an early April Fool’s joke on the press and the Internet at large, by claiming to have won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot that everyone’s been talking about all week.

Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Schuker tweeted:

According to sources, Tom Kreft of Baltimore County won the $640 million Mega Million jackpot via a ticket bought in a 7-11. #greatwhitehope(image) 8 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Interesting choice of hashtags, by the way.

According to Business Insider, Peter Lattman from the New York Times tweeted about it too (though that tweet appears to have been removed). Business Insider shares a statement from Kreft, who says, “Sorry. It was an early April Fools Day prank. Sad to say I didn’t win anything but a little attention.”

As pictured above, Kreft says on his Facebook page: “sorry, internet :P”

Let the April Fool’s weekend commence. Be very careful in your news consumption. Chances are, someone is out to make you look like an idiot.

For a more fun April Fool’s story, check out Google’s NES version of Google Maps.