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Teen realizes dream of winning free Wendy chicken nuggets for a year

UPDATE: Carter's tweet has over 3.5 million retweets — which isn't exactly 18 million, but enough for Carter Wilkerson’s tweet to become the most-retweeted in Twitter history, followed by Ellen DeGeneres' famous Oscar selfie from 2014, which has about 3.4 million retweets. Take that, Ellen!

So, even though he didn't reach the previously agreed-upon number, Wendy’s announced that Carter will be getting his year of free nuggs anyway. The company also donated $100,000 to an organization that helps find homes for foster children.

Now known as "Nugget Boy," Wilkerson joined TODAY via Skype on Wednesday as celebrated his win.

"It's absolutely insane,'' he said. "I never expected to get this far. I'm a 16-year-old kid from Reno, Nevada, I never thought a month ago that I'd be getting this far, but we're doing our best to keep it up and do some good with it."

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Want to help a guy win a year's supply of chicken nuggets? And, oh yeah, break a world record in the process? Then re-tweet this photo:

Earlier this week, Carter Wilkerson, 16, of Reno, Nevada, tweeted at Wendy's: "Yo @Wendys, how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?"

Within a minute, the chain tweeted back: "18 million."

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Challenge accepted. Wilkerson (Twitter handle @carterjwm) wrote back, "Consider it done." But exactly what did he just sign up for? Well, Wendy's set the bar pretty high.

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Reaching 18 million retweets would require breaking the world record of most retweets, currently held by Ellen DeGeneres for her celeb-studded Oscar selfie. It currently has 3.2 million retweets — and that's with Bradley Cooper front and center.

The chicken nugget challenge started on Wednesday night. Wilkerson soon posted "HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS."

So how is the nugget-obsessed teen (whose profile reads "I like chicken nuggets, tacos (and cherries)" doing?

Well, he's already at 1.2 million and counting, which blew even Wendy's minds earlier today, after he hit the 1M mark: "1 Million?!?! Officially SHOOK," the company tweeted.

So what does a "year's supply of chicken nuggets" entail? The chain is still working out the details, a Wendy's spokesperson told TODAY Food.

If the teen does shatter DeGeneres' record, we certainly hope the chain does him one better — maybe throw in some Frostys?

"This has been fun to watch and it is amazing he is already 1/18 of the way there!" the spokesperson told TODAY Food. "So we are keeping the faith. After all, we’ve learned that when it comes to Wendy’s nugget love, anything is possible."

This post was originally published Apr. 7, 2017.

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