LOTTERY WARNS OKLAHOMANS OF POTENTIAL SCAM
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2008) – The Oklahoma Lottery encourages Oklahomans to be aware of a potential scam seeking to trick citizens into believing they’ve won a Powerball prize.
Recently, a number of individuals have contacted Lottery headquarters in regard to being sent a mailing, which includes a counterfeit check. Citizens are asked to send in a personal check for an insurance processing fee in order to be able cash the counterfeit check. The information in the mailings is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery.
“The Oklahoma Lottery does not require any type of payment in order to claim a prize,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “Please use caution when you receive such notifications, because there are numerous scams similar to this that are circulating.”
The Oklahoma Lottery security department is currently investigating the mailings and urges anyone who receives one to contact their local law enforcement agency.
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. More than $190 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.