OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar. 18, 2015) - 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 and a vehicle from the Oklahoma Lottery and Publishers Sweepstakes. The scammers will eventually ask the consumer for an upfront payment to cover fees on taxes.
"This sweepstakes 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."
The Oklahoma Lottery security department urges anyone who receives a call that could be a potential scam to contact the lottery Security department at 405.522.7765.
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 $652 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.