There’s nothing more exciting than being told you won millions of dollars. That is, unless it’s a scam. It happens nearly every day. Sadly, our office gets calls regularly from people who have either received an email, social media message, a letter or a phone call from someone stating that they won. The tip-off in these scam emails, letters and calls is the request to pay an advance fee in order to claim the prize.
In the most recent scam, the “winner” received a letter on stationery from the FBI and FDIC serving as a letter of authentication that they had won a Mega Millions prize. The problem with that? Neither the FBI or FDIC issues a letter like that. Now the FBI is issuing a warning to residents to be vigilant to this kind of scam and others asking for an advance fee to claim a prize.
Here are a few things to keep in mind. The Ohio Lottery will never contact you to tell you that you’ve won a Mega Millions or Powerball drawing or one of our own daily drawings. We don’t know who the winner is until he or she has come forward. The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to pay a fee in order to claim your prize. We also won’t ask you for any bank account information. And if you didn’t enter a drawing, chances are you didn’t win anything.
If you ever have a question about a claim, don’t hesitate to call our customer service line at 1 800-686-4208. Stay safe!