NC Education Lottery warns of scam - WNCT

NC Education Lottery warns of scam

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The N. C. Education Lottery is warning players to be on alert about a lottery scam targeting recent winners.

Winners say someone called them claiming to be a part of the lottery and saying they'd won additional prizes. They then asked consumers to buy a prepaid debit card and provide the number to get the prize.

The state Attorney General's Office wants to remind players that legitimate lotteries will never make winners pay money up front to claim their prize.

"Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common, but they can easily be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines. 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," Alice Garland, executive director of the N. C. Education Lottery.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper urged consumers to be careful. "Anyone who promises you've won a prize but demands money before you can claim it is trying to rip you off. Don't take the bait, and report lottery and other prize scams to my office."

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

If you think you're a victim of a scam, contact the Attorney General's office at 1-877-566-7226 or 919-716-6000. You can also click here to file an online complaint.

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