OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 19, 2015) - The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning Oklahomans of a new scam circulating throughout the country seeking to mislead consumers into believing they have won a large sum of money.
Recipients receive Facebook and/or text messages from an individual claiming to be with the DC Powerball Lottery Grant. They tell the recipient they’ve won a large prize that can be claimed within 48 hours at the D.C. Lottery offices after transferring $950 to the scammers.
"The information in these messages is not legitimate and is not associated with any officially recognized lottery," said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director. "If any organization asks you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize, you should immediately contact a reliable source to verify the information, as it is very likely to be a scam." Redburn also pointed out that when you play a lottery game, Lottery employees "don’t know the identity of winners until they come forward to claim their prize."
The Oklahoma Lottery security department urges anyone who receives a communication 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 receives messages similar to the above, they can call the lottery to verify the source at 405.522.7700.
Prizes exceeding $600 can be claimed at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, any Authorized Lottery Claim Center or by mail. Prizes of $5,001 or more must be claimed through Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $685 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.