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Lottery Warns Oklahomans of Potential Scam

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.

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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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