The scammers take advantage of every opportunity, and a high jackpot is a good one. With Mega Millions boasting a $160 million jackpot tonight, the scammers assume more people are playing the game. Maybe it’s top of your mind because lots of people are talking about it, or perhaps you bought a ticket and don’t play regularly. So, when some smooth talking guy calls from a strange area code to tell you about the prize you won, it may sound plausible. I mean, I’ve been trying to win for years!
That’s not the way the Lottery works. To win a prize, you first have to buy a ticket. If you are the lucky winner, you then have to bring the ticket to us. We don’t call you. We don’t know who the winner is until the winning ticket is claimed. You only need one ticket to win, but it all starts with a ticket.
Here’s a great reminder out of Arkansas, where the State Lottery is warning citizens of this type of trick being employed in the region. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be fooled. Feel free to report any type of fraudulent attempt to the Attorney General via his website.