First question: did you play an Ohio Lottery game? Plain and simple – if you didn’t play, you didn’t win. If you didn’t play and get contacted by mail or phone saying “you’ve won,” you are a potential victim of a scam. The Ohio Lottery will never ask you for money (to pay the taxes, for example) before they give you your prize. A winning prize claim is always initiated by the Lottery customer, who typically takes their winning ticket to one of the Ohio Lottery’s statewide offices, fills out official paperwork and claims the prize.
If you are contacted by someone when you didn’t play, contact your local law enforcement office immediately. To learn more about staying safe, you’ll want to check out the FBI website: http://www.fbi.gov/. The FBI site provides information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from Lottery scams, as well as others that aim to take away your hard earned money.