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June 4, 2014

Oklahoma Lottery warns of potential scam

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning Oklahomans of a potential scam seeking to deceive consumers into believing they have won a lump sum of money from a Mega Millions sweepstakes game.

Most of the phone calls are coming from an 873 area code.

The scammer tells the person answering the phone that he or she has won a large sum of money and all they need to do to claim their prize is wire money to pay taxes on the prize in up-front payments.

“The information in the phone call is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery,” said Executive Director Rollo Redburn.

“The lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize,” Redburn said.

“In addition we don’t know the identity of Mega Millions jackpot winners until they show up in our office.”

The Oklahoma Lottery security department urges anyone who receives a call that could be a potential scam to contact the state Attorney General’s Office at 405-521-3921 or the Federal Trade Commission (877-382-4357).

If anyone ever receives such a call, you can call the lottery to verify the source at 405-522-7700.

All Oklahoma Lottery prizes over $600 must be claimed in person either at an Authorized Oklahoma Lottery Claim Center or at Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters.

All prizes over $5,000 must be claimed at Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Net proceeds of all lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education.

More than $600 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.

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