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2/22/2006

Is it something in the AIR, THE WATER, OR THE CROPS....that made these idiots help put this scam together???????....only in America..........

emilyg's avatar - cat anm.gif

pretty stupid.  Hit With Stick

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Every idiot gets his 15mins of fame!! Kudos...Cheers

now leave. . . .

 

RJOh's avatar - chipmunk

Before he flew home Tuesday, Pagani said he gets the same thrill from hoaxes as someone who collects stamps.

"With this, I can say I was in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on Good Morning America."

Sounds like  Pagani gets a thrill from running his big mouth and telling lies to make national news.  When he compares it to collecting stamps, he's also lying to himself and believing it.

Raven62's avatar - binary

LOL! ROFL

Maybe it's time someone or group of someones played a prank on the pranksters!

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You know, I don't agree with people getting mad, it actually is funny if it can be pulled off. As he said, a magician does magic. Kinda like Bill Clinton not having sexual relations with Monica, the guy writing the book Oprah supported, and George Bush and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Those things are still debated, covered in the media, and this guy just had his time in the limelight. It is not worth getting bent out of shape over. And before anyone jumps on me, NO, I do not condone lying. This is a prank, plain and simple.

truecritic's avatar - PirateTreasure

Pagani said he is a former disc jockey

While this prank didn't fall under the "disgusting" category, I have seen/heard several pranks pulled by disc jockeys that are disgusting.  Something should be done to those DJs to keep their pranks in the "suitable for families" range.  Not that Howard Stern pulls pranks but I was all for the fines he got.  That is what should happen to other DJs too.

Common sense.  Common decency.  That is what should keep people from doing things like this. 

Other than that, do we write up a law banning pranks?

 

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I agree Truecritic, some of those are pretty bad and hurtful. This guy hurt no one, 200 people received a free meal, and the press jumped too quickly. Simple as that. The press received the "Dewey defeats Truman" award.

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I love seeing the media duped. It's great. The media knows nothing or less than nothing and half the time they claim to know the truth. When they get duped it's a very funny day in my book. The media should do it's homework rather than try to sensationalize everything and everyone. The media is really the big scam artist here, don't feel sorry for them, if they researched the truth rather than publish the quick tabloid headlines everyday then they would find that the ruth cannot be hidden, it can always be found. Cheers,

konane's avatar - wallace

I love seeing the media duped. It's great. The media knows nothing or less than nothing and half the time they claim to know the truth. When they get duped it's a very funny day in my book. The media should do it's homework rather than try to sensationalize everything and everyone. The media is really the big scam artist here, don't feel sorry for them, if they researched the truth rather than publish the quick tabloid headlines everyday then they would find that the ruth cannot be hidden, it can always be found. Cheers,

I Agree!  Get the headline first, don't be concerned with accuracy. 

The lazy MSM got exactly what they deserved this time. Big Grin

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I wonder if ABC hired the former Dan Rather fact checkers from CBS?

Maybe it's time someone or group of someones played a prank on the pranksters!

People love to see this sort of thing.  Look how much Sterm is getting to make fools out of any American with ethics and integrity.  The American public is paying him to do what he does.

 Not that Howard Stern pulls pranks but I was all for the fines he got. 

 Actually, Stern did not pay a penny.  His organization, and his insurance company, paid all the fines.  Its like fining a Pro-football player $50K, then paying him $25M to show up.  Write it of as an uninsured loss.

 

fja's avatar - gnome1

I love seeing the media duped. It's great. The media knows nothing or less than nothing and half the time they claim to know the truth. When they get duped it's a very funny day in my book. The media should do it's homework rather than try to sensationalize everything and everyone. The media is really the big scam artist here, don't feel sorry for them, if they researched the truth rather than publish the quick tabloid headlines everyday then they would find that the ruth cannot be hidden, it can always be found. Cheers,

I Agree!  Get the headline first, don't be concerned with accuracy. 

The lazy MSM got exactly what they deserved this time. Big Grin

I'd have to agree...News isn't really news anymore...It's what they heard someone say........Thats all they print or show........That and Paris Hilton!

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Well I have no love for jokers, tricksters, game players and con artists but with regard to ABC (OR any other media outlet) getting duped all I can say is...KEWL!

Jim 

truecritic's avatar - PirateTreasure

The media knows nothing or less than nothing

So, you don't like the media?  The ones that provide 99% of the news that you hear, see or read?

if they researched the truth rather than publish the quick tabloid headlines everyday then they would find that the ruth cannot be hidden, it can always be found.

REALLY?  Just where does that truth pop out?  Over the fence talking with a neighbor?

Chewie

Thanks for pointing that out to everyone that didn't know that the broadcasting companies get the fine.  Seems like I remember Stern getting a personal fine as well?  Regardless, the gist of all my comments are that people shouldn't behave badly in public just because they can. 

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HAPPY SATURDAY....."CHEWIE".....

LOLOLOLOLOL0.........(LMAO).....sometimes you and "DOUBLE DOWN"(DD) are too mcuh for me. I swear I can't stop ...........

Hey, tell me, which is worse...you or"HYPER"...with the "consealed 45mm" going to  the news conference(when he wins) to claim his prize......LOLOLOLOL....I just luv it......

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HAPPY SATURDAY....."CHEWIE".....

LOLOLOLOLOL0.........(LMAO).....sometimes you and "DOUBLE DOWN"(DD) are too mcuh for me. I swear I can't stop ...........

Hey, tell me, which is worse...you or"HYPER"...with the "consealed 45mm" going to  the news conference(when he wins) to claim his prize......LOLOLOLOL....I just luv it......

I live in NJ - no concealed firearms at news conferences - just my charm and wit to keep them at bay!  Thanks to technology, I can use my concealed cellphone to dial 9-1-1-P-R-A-Y.  You remember New Jersey?  One of those states that would rather see your grandmother gang-raped, laying in the gutter, and being urinated upon, then have a chance to defend herself with a legal firearm!  Why am I going to retire in Texas?  Hummmm.

justxploring's avatar - villiarna

"Yes, I do remember the show you speak of, it was indeed interesting, comical and also insightful to some degree, especially as the Bosses really were being  tested, on patience, understanding  and trust. "

Hi, Libra. Yup, I couldn't believe that the contestants didn't get fired right away. I've had the opposite luck. I've been the perfect employee and gotten screamed at for no reason except that the manager was having one of his mood swings.  I agree with Chewie, even if he is kidding around. People do get shot over what started out to be a playful prank. Some colleges banned the fraternity hazing that was popular years ago because it resulted in serious injury. I think people just need to use common sense. Personally I hate to be teased. I think most people feel that way because there's a thin line between harmless fun and cruelty.

hypersoniq's avatar - binary

If I win I plan on signing the ticket and applying fora pair of Glock 45mm sidearms and a case of shells before ever cashing the ticket in...

What is the largest size weapon a concealed carry license in Pensylvania allows?  Most states limit the size to a .45 caliber; keeps the average novice from destroying several neighborhood blocks with each round. 

What does a Glock 45mm look like? Is it a revolver or a semi-automatic? Does it come with a compensated barrel?  What is the retail cost of one?  How many 45mm shells come in a case?  What is the cost of a 45mm shell?  I'd be interested in the model number. Also the name of the company that sells the concealable holster for it.

Oh, by the way, you do realize a 45mm shell would be about 12 inches don't you?

oops, I forgot the "." in .45mm

I guess I would need a forward obserber with a 45mm Big Grin

I'm almost certain that the biggest glock with a compensated barrel is the .357

mylollipop's avatar - Trek STLOGO6.png

Libra926 wrote: "Speaking of Oprah & that book scam........she was " "P***ed"  hot about that, and displayed it on her program w/him. She even invited the Book Publisher/Editor and tried to get her to take some of the responsibility for the scam.....lololololol......personally, I don't think it's such a good idea to scam or prank anybody thru any medium.  There is a 'principle' involved that should be respected, and accepting these antics, simply encourages people to explore more elaborate and sinister pranks or scams to get attention. I have a great sense of humor, but I do respect the prinicple involved."

Oprah was smart to take blame and keep her integrity. All the news reporters were applauding her and saying that politicians should follow her honest & upfront behavior. Still, the guy was very smart and knew he'd sell more books by exaggerating. It was no big deal IMHO.  Anyone who knows me realizes that humor to me is like oxygen. I can't live without it. However, I do agree about "principle" (to a point) which is why I suggested that perhaps they should spend a little time in jail. I also agree that pranks can be sinister and hurt people. Imagine a prank where you tell someone he won the lottery and he's gullible enough to believe you. So he quits his 20 year job only to learn it's a "prank." Some of them are cruel, like making someone believe his or her spouse is cheating or someone is dying.  Once I was at a restaurant where someone at our table obviously paid the waitress to throw a pie in a man's face. He was wearing contacts and an expensive suit. Not happy. Most people living in Boston probably know a seafood place called Durgin Park. I'll never forget it.

I'm not taking sides, because I also agree with The MacGuffin when he/she mentions celebs like Tom Green. I think he's a riot. I occasionally watch Letterman and remember when he sent Rupert G. (owner of Hello Deli) to go around annoying people. One time I thought a guy was going to punch him in the face. Candid Camera was always one of my favorite shows  and I still chuckle when I think of those people talking to a mailbox or watching someone fall into a large wedding cake.  Then there's April Fool's Day pranks...so I guess it depends on how damaging the joke is. Hmm, maybe I just changed my mind! Did anyone see the show that was on recently (and obviously cancelled) where the goal is to get yourself fired from a new job? It was really stupid, but a couple of the contestants had me laughing.

War of the Worlds...1938...one of the biggest pranks of all time and everyone went crazy thinking Martians were really invading the Earth!  

 

Its all about knowing limitations.  Candid Camera knew their limits.  The "Jackass" did not know the limit.  Sneak up on my house in the middle of the night, dark as it gets, and try to scare me out of my wits?  Your funeral will the highlight of the community.  Old man, in the dark, puts two in the heart and one in the head.  Rest in Peace.

I Agree!I can laud Oprah for taking responsibility.  Journalist are trained to be responsible for the information they put forth.  That information should be factual.  It is your responsibility/your dadburned job! to make sure that it is correct.  It just irks me to the utmost Madwhen journalist KNOW that the general public is gullible to an extent because "they saw it in the paper, on the news, etc, etc.  Yeah, War of the Worlds!  Green laugh

When I was old enough to vote in Presidential elections, I was so disgruntled because  my forefathers deemed the citizens who elected them to office too stupid to vote for President; thus the electoral college!  And the electoral college does not necessarily have to vote the way the constituents in their state voted.  There have been instances where the electoral votes did not reflect the popular vote.  With that said, journalist know what they produce is absorbed hook, line, and sinker most of the time.  The citizens have politicians thinking and voting for them and journalists thinking for them and presenting them with the "facts".

That prank was a WAKE-UP CallJesterfor journalist.  A big majority of journalist have made mockery of the profession, due to their lack of professionalismSTOPhalf-stepping.  Had they been doing their jobs, the headlines would have read, Pranksters Claim to 365 PB Foiled!

justxploring's avatar - villiarna

I agree mylollipop.  I don't believe half of what I read any more.  I know we're not supposed to go off subject on this board, so I'll try to make this brief. Here's just one example of why I'm always skeptical. When my Grandmother was 106 a reporter from the Boston Globe approached my father and asked if she could write an article on her life. She said a photographer would be at the Center For The Aged where she lived to take pictures.  My grandmother had her hair braided and was waiting in her best dress, but nobody came.  A few weeks later her picture covered the entire front page of a magazine that is inserted in the Sunday paper. (called the Boston Globe Magazine)  It was a terribly unflattering close-up that was taken just after her eyes were examined. She didn't remember anyone taking it, but it looked as if she was crying.  Her name appeared nowhere at all in the article. I'll change her name for anonymity's sake, but under her photo all it read was something like "106 year old Jennifer Truman sits in her lonely room at the (name of Assisted Living Center) and the article was called "The Plight of Older Women in America."  My grandmother was married for over 60 years and after my grandfather died, she moved in with my Aunt.  My Aunt died and, since she was too frail to be on her own without round the clock help, my father fought to get her admitted in a very nice home for the aged (not a nursing home) where she was well cared for and had friends. It wasn't easy fighting the system because they put her on a long waiting list. (anyone see her age?)  He visited her every night after work and the rest of the family met there every Sunday. Anyway, before I end up writing a book here, it's obvious this reporter got excited when she heard there was a woman over 100 and her picture would certainly make the story more colorful. The article she wrote had nothing to do with my Grandmother at all.

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If I win I plan on signing the ticket and applying fora pair of Glock 45mm sidearms and a case of shells before ever cashing the ticket in...

What is the largest size weapon a concealed carry license in Pensylvania allows?  Most states limit the size to a .45 caliber; keeps the average novice from destroying several neighborhood blocks with each round. 

What does a Glock 45mm look like? Is it a revolver or a semi-automatic? Does it come with a compensated barrel?  What is the retail cost of one?  How many 45mm shells come in a case?  What is the cost of a 45mm shell?  I'd be interested in the model number. Also the name of the company that sells the concealable holster for it.

Oh, by the way, you do realize a 45mm shell would be about 12 inches don't you?

oops, I forgot the "." in .45mm

I guess I would need a forward obserber with a 45mm Big Grin

I'm almost certain that the biggest glock with a compensated barrel is the .357

I think you mean a .45 caliber, not mm.  A 45 mm, without or without the "dot", would require a railroad car for mobility.   A 10mm is close to a .40 cal and a 9mm is close to a .38 cal.  A .357 is a suped-up .38 cal, with a ton of velocity. The "new" .50 cal sniper rifle supposedly has the impact of a train engine.  I remember chopping down trees, with a Browning .50 cal machine gun, more then a mile away.  My spotter, with a telescope guided the rounds.  Sure impressed the NVA hiding behind the tree!

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Actually if people knew the real story behind all this, they would call him a genius. Why? The person that funded this so-called hoax is a well-respected businessman, famous author, super copywriter and a friend of mine. And it was to actually get the medias attention to promote a book. Thats all it was used for and they've succeeded.

You see when people hear the word "Hoax" they automatically think its a scam and all kind of thoughts goes through the mind, but yet its the media who made it to be a hoax. What these people (my friend and his accompliances) did had nothing to do with any unlawful act. They didnt convert into stealing millions of dollars or robbing people of their wealth. Honestly, they simply distracted the media into this awesome frenzy that it got national attention. Thereby creating national exposure for his books. Like a great Houdini. lol

This is Free Advertising at its ultimate best.

Ok now to buy a ticket.

Have fun,

Wewin

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Still sounds childish.  Mature, rationale, adults have the intelligence to find productive ways of achieving goals; without resorting to pranks.  Having said that, obviously your mentality and that of the ABC team, have reached a nominal playing field. 

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lol ... call it what you may but looks who's getting all the attention and making millions. I'll drink to that.

Wewin 

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lol ... call it what you may but looks who's getting all the attention and making millions. I'll drink to that.

Wewin 

No one ever said you had to be a mature person to be rich.  I see a lot of idiots driving luxury cars every day.  Don't have the brains to study a map before they get behind the wheel and wind up parked in the multi-striped area trying to find north.

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Oh ok thats cool and you're right. Lets have a drink ... I'm buying ok.

Cheers

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Having been involved with magic now for the last 26 years professionally, a good magician does not lie to you at all—he tells you he is going to fool you and he does. Some do so more subtle than others. More importantly he "entertains" you with his entire magic persona, and is actually an "honest liar" so to speak.

But getting back to the other topic at hand, if someone is willing to spend $2,000 or more in order to fake a powerball win simply because they want attention, they truly are idiots and must have some type of psychological disorder.

Heck why not spend that $2,000 on the powerball instead? Some people will do anything they can just to get attention, when in actuality a smart player, and a legitimate winner would be doing the exact opposite.

Do you realize how much a 30 second ad spot on network TV costs?
Do you realize how CHEAP $2000 is in relation to this?
Do you realize that Dr. Vitale has gained more national media exposure by financing this stunt than any 30 second ad spot on network TV could possibly deliver?
Do you realize how many millions of people there are who could financially benefit from the power of "Outrageous Marketing," who now know of Dr. Joe Vitale, a student of P.T. Barnum (America's first millionaire) and a promoter of "Outrageous Marketing?"
And do you realize that these many millions of people who now know of Dr. Joe Vitale are suddenly, by this outrageous stunt, in line to learn more about him, and PAY HIM for his many beneficial books, products and services that will reward these many millions, and HIM, many thousands times what it cost to pull this stunt?

Truly, those with "psychological disorders" are the ones who drop $2.5 million for a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl. Now, that's INSANE!

Here's the link to Dr. Vitale's blog entry that details why he pulled this stunt. Scroll down to the March 7, 2006 entry titled, "The Great Lotto Hoax Revealed, or, Why P.T. Barnum and Benjaming Franlin Love Me Now."

http://mrfire.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_mrfire_archive.html

 And speaking of Benjamin Franklin, besides his "Kite Hoax" -- something Dr. Vitale mentions in his post (and I was not previously aware that this legend was a hoax) -- there's also the stunt he pulled when he initiated "Poor Richard's Almanack" in 1733. It's simply hilarious!

Being much the scientist, Ben Franklin chose to attack the mystics -- i.e. magicians who do not have the decency to admit that they are "honest liars" -- by beginning his venture as "Richard Saunders," author of "Poor Richard's Almanack," doing what mystics do: predicting the future.

And what did he predict?

The exact date and time that his main competitor, a Mr. Titan Leeds, a rival almanack-maker, WOULD DIE!

It's just hilarious!! And, if you'd like, you can read it at the following link. Franklin carried on this hoax for a number of years following 1733, and it, no doubt, served his effort well.

http://www.antiquebooks.net/cgi-bin/bookfront?book=7

(Once you click "Press Here to Begin Reading," you'll have to click the "Next" button to the left of the web page a couple times before you get to the preface of the 1733 Almanack.)

Granted, Franklin gained financially by this, as he typically sold around 10,000 copies of "Poor Richards Almanack" per year. Yet at the same time, he did a public service, too. He served the public good. He put the whole silly notion of astrology in its rightful place: DEAD. And he did it all in good humor, too.

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