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Scam targets lottery winners

Posted May 17, 2013

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— The North Carolina Education Lottery warned players Friday to be wary of a scam that appears to be targeting lottery winners.

Some recent winners said they were contacted by someone purporting to be from the lottery and told they had won additional prizes. The callers asked the players to buy prepaid debit cards and provide the numbers so they could obtain the additional prizes.

Lottery director Alice Garland said no legitimate lottery asks winners who win a prize to pay money upfront to receive it.

“Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common, but they can easily be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines,” Garland said in a statement. ”We have customer service representatives and security officials who are here to help lottery players with any questions they have about our games. Once you buy your lottery ticket, no additional money is required from you to claim a prize that you win.”

Players who win up to $599 can get their prizes at lottery retailers after a winning ticket is validated. Those who win prizes of $600 or larger must claim their prizes at one of the lottery’s regional claims centers, and those who win a prize valued at $100,000 or more must claim their prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Attorney General Roy Cooper urged consumers to be careful and said that his office is available to provide assistance.

“Anyone who promises you’ve won a prize but demands money before you can claim it is trying to rip you off,” Cooper said in a statement. “Don’t take the bait, and report lottery and other prize scams to my office.”

Players who have questions about lottery games can call the lottery's customer service line at 877-962-7529, and those with a security issue can call the security hotline at 888-732-6235. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam can get assistance from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 877-566-7226 or 919-716-6000.


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  • mcchels May 17, 2013

    ask the clerk???????????????????? 8$ a hour, and ya think ?

    Why would you even say this?? First most clerks make more than $8 an hour unless they have just started. They do know the rules of the lottery and can help you out or direct you to the person who can.Just because someone is a clerk does not mean they are stupid.

  • Ex-Republican May 17, 2013

    "Scam targets lottery winners" I'd say that is poetic justice. A scam targeting another scam.

  • gregg45 May 17, 2013

    sunshine,, love the humor, i almost got shot dealing out looto tickets to people, all i learned , is SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE TICKET B4 YOU LEAVE THE STORE, IN BIG BLOCK LETTERS , THEREFORE EARL , might not pick it up

  • gregg45 May 17, 2013

    ask the clerk???????????????????? 8$ a hour, and ya think ?

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 17, 2013

    This is ONE scam, where I do wish they would contact me! Haha!


  • OpenM1nd May 17, 2013

    Attorney General Cooper writes: “Don’t take the bait, and report lottery and other prize scams to my office.”

    Absolutely. We did that just last month, in fact, for something that came in the mail. It helps law enforcement by exposing the scam and helps them with tracking the scam. The Attorney General's office wrote us back and thanked us for having completed the paper work on their web site. It helps them to help us. Then warn your friends and neighbors about the same.

  • sunshine1040 May 17, 2013

    When will some people get a clue and learn to read the rules. You cannot win a lottery if you do not buy a ticket and there is a number on the ticket to call if you have questions or in most cases ask the clerk at the store where you bought the ticket

  • albegadeep May 17, 2013

    Remember, whatelseisnew, the victims are those who already paid to have a tiny chance of getting something back...

  • whatelseisnew May 17, 2013

    I am forever astonished that these types of scams do work.