OKLAHOMA CITY (May. 30, 2014) - 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 Rollo Redburn, Executive Director. “The Lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize. 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 Attorney General’s Office (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.