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Jul 16, 2013

George Zimmerman Wins Lottery In Newest Onion Headline Troll [Hoaxed]

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George Zimmerman wins lottery

George Zimmerman is having the best week ever. Not only was he found “not guilty” of killing Trayvon Martin by a jury of his “peers” this weekend, George Zimmerman won the lottery in Florida!

That is, if you didn’t realize you were reading The Onion.

A handful of publications were duped by the paper’s biting satire, including The Examiner and The Tampa Star, but good luck finding those articles now.

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h/t to The Epoch Times for taking a picture to prove this silliness once existed.

Everyone seemed to quickly realize their mistake, but not before the sensational headline made MSN trends, which, as we’ve discovered, is sometimes prone to silly trend stuff.

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WE came up with “trends hiccup!” It was US! *heart attack*

But some folks on social did not get the memo. The Star’s posting generated more than 130 “likes” on Facebook, with comments like “It is terrible that this is being posted.”

There were even people who saw the link on The Onion’s own freaking Facebook page and totally bought it.

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Twitter users already had their thinking caps on, and were rightly skeptical of the story immediately.

But there were a few believers:

Rest easy, you’re being trolled.

Did you believe that George Zimmerman won the lottery? If you know anyone who does, share this article. Here are ten people who bought it:


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