A little over a month ago, a Nevada teen tweeted Wendy's and asked how many retweets he needed to get free #chicken nuggets for a year. Carter Wilkerson was not pessimistic when he heard back from the fast food restaurant with just two words: "18 million." Therefore, the teen set out to get that many. However, something happened along the way.

A little over a month after Carter posted his question on Twitter [VIDEO] to #Wendy's, he set out to get the 18 million retweets. That would mean breaking Ellen DeGeneres' record of 3.4 million retweets after she hosted the Oscars in 2014. She took a selfie with as many celebrities as she could.

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Honoring the teen's request

Since Carter's request, he received support from all over the world. Celebrities and companies helped him out. Companies such as Apple Music, Google, Microsoft, and T-Mobile helped him. Celebrities such as Aaron Paul and even Ellen DeGeneres helped Wilkerson get retweets. Carter, dubbed Nugget Boy, appeared on "The Ellen Show" on April 18. Ellen said she would give him a special prize if he did not surpass her.

Teen's prizes

The teen did not get 18 million retweets, but Wendy's is giving him a year's worth of chicken nuggets anyway mainly because he broke Ellen's record. This puts him at the top of the leaderboard for having more retweets than anyone else on Twitter. The 16-year-old chicken nugget lover ended up with 3.5 million retweets compared to Ellen's 3.4 million retweets.

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Therefore, Ellen had been dethroned. Carter is expected to get more retweets as time goes on. No matter how many more he gets, he already has the #Guinness World Record for the most retweeted tweet ever.

Twitter gave the teen a verified badge in addition to making a custom hashtag with an emoji for his cause. Twitter also included Wilkerson's original tweet in its shareholder letter for the quarterly report.

Carter is getting his year's supply of nuggets, but it was not specified how many pieces he will be able to get each day. Wendy's got a lot of free advertising because of Carter's tweets. Therefore, Wendy’s will donate $100,000 to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in Carter's honor.

While most people congratulated the teen, one comment on Twitter was from a person who didn't like Wendy's giving him nuggets because he didn't meet the goal. She said that that's what is wrong with the world today. People are being rewarded for something they didn't do.