Lottery Scams PDF Print E-mail
 
For the record - this site is NOT affiliated with the NCEL.  This site makes every effort to provide accurate NC lottery data, and was originally built to show current powerball data and winners before there were abundant resources online that do so.  In the spirit of promoting the lottery and avoiding scams - note the following tips from the NCEL:
 
• Buy Lottery tickets only from authorized NCEL Lottery retailers.
• Never redeem a Lottery ticket for someone you do not know.
• Never give your credit card, social security, driver’s license, passport or bank account numbers over the phone to anyone promising lottery cash prizes or memberships.
• Never respond to an E-mail, letter or phone call from someone who offers you a guarantee of winning a prize.  The NCEL does not guarantee you a prize, only a chance of winning one if you buy a legal ticket from an authorized NCEL Lottery retailer.
• If you receive a letter , email or phone call to send money or you receive a check to cash with directions to send a portion of it back, do not respond. The check is not a valid check and will bounce. No legitimate lottery will ever send you this type of communication. (View Example)
• If you are going to participate in a “lottery pool”, do so only with people you know and trust.

The Scam
The Truth
“This is a winning ticket, but I need money to claim it.  If you help me with the upfront money, I’ll share the jackpot with you.”
Once the ticket is bought, no money is EVER required to claim a prize.
“I can’t cash in my winning ticket because I’m not a U.S. citizen.”
You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to claim a lottery prize as long as you have proper ID.
“Let’s call the Lottery.  They’ll tell us this is a winning ticket.”
NCEL NEVER confirms that a ticket is a winner over the phone.  The person on the phone is just a part of the scam.

Keep in mind the adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” 

The following are resources where you can learn more about fraud and scams:
 

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 August 2007 )
 

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  2008-12-10    06   15   24   37   41   37 
  2008-12-06    09   35   39   43   53   10 
  2008-12-03    16   17   21   25   55   03 
  2008-11-29    05   33   36   39   55   21 
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  2008-11-22    17   19   26   32   45   14 
  2008-11-19    08   13   38   39   45   31 
  2008-11-15    03   07   08   12   44   37 
  2008-11-12    01   18   25   29   45   02 
  2008-11-08    02   04   21   36   40   41 
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