The new year is off to a big start in the jackpot drawing department. There’s not one, but two BIG jackpot drawings coming tonight and tomorrow. The Mega Millions jackpot hit $450 million and the Powerball jackpot is now worth $570 million! It’s the first time both jackpots have topped $400 million at the same time, and it’s causing a ticket buying frenzy. Each ticket will cost you $2, or $3 if you add the Megaplier or Powerplay.
Whether you play occasionally, regularly, alone or in a pool, we like to remind players to be vigilant and smart to steer clear of any scams. A great rule of thumb to remember is that if you didn’t buy a ticket, you didn’t win. Many times customers get calls from scammers claiming that they won a prize, but the Ohio Lottery will never contact you to tell you that you’ve won a Mega Millions or Powerball prize. We don’t know who the winner is until they come forward.
The Ohio Attorney General has the following tips:
- Don’t send money to receive a prize. Don’t trust people who contact you unexpectedly, claim you’ve won a lottery or sweepstakes, and ask you to pay to receive the prize. If you truly won, you shouldn’t need to send your own money in advance to receive your winnings.
- Be wary of requests for wire transfers, money orders, or gift cards. These payment methods are used frequently in scams. Once the money is sent, it is difficult to trace or recover it. Also, be wary if you receive an unexpected check in the mail. It may be a counterfeit check used as part of a scam.
- Talk to friends and family about scams. Older adults can be especially vulnerable to lottery and sweepstakes scams. If you have older relatives, talk to them about scams and look for signs that they have been targeted. Red flags include unusual banking activities, wire transfer receipts, and an increased number of phone calls made to them.
You can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at http://www.OhioProtects.org or by calling 800-282-0515. If you ever have a question about a lottery prize, call the Ohio Lottery’s customer service line at 800-686-4208.