Claim: George Zimmerman has won a Florida state lottery jackpot.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2013]
There is a rumor circulating that George Zimmerman won the a
Origins: On 15 July 2013, the The Onion published an article (“George Zimmerman Wins Florida State Lottery”) about acquitted defendant George Zimmerman’s having won a
Just days after being fully acquitted for his role in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman reportedly won the
By later that day links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered the item mistaking it for a genuine news article. However, this item was just a bit of political satire from The Onion, a well known humor publication and web site whose FAQ notes that:
The Onion is a satirical weekly publication published
Last updated: 16 July 2013