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Bad news for folks in NC who ‘won’ $1 million from the Legacy Prize lottery

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An Observer investigation uncovered dozens of N.C. lottery retailers or employees — the gatekeepers to potential fortunes — who beat improbable odds time and again to collect significant prizes at their own stores. Here's how unlikely that can be.
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An Observer investigation uncovered dozens of N.C. lottery retailers or employees — the gatekeepers to potential fortunes — who beat improbable odds time and again to collect significant prizes at their own stores. Here's how unlikely that can be.

The North Carolina Education Lottery is warning people to beware of emails stating they won $1 million from the Legacy Prize.

It’s fake, so there will be no big check in the mail.

The emails claim a person has won the money in an online drawing, and it asks for a player’s personal information to be sent to an overseas claim office, state lottery officials said.

“Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common,” according to a statement from Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “But they can easily be avoided by looking for the warning signs.”

Here are some tips to avoid being scammed, according to the lottery website:

  • The lottery does not know who winners are until they claim their prize. People will not get an email notifying them they won a prize, unless they are part of the lottery’s players club.
  • The lottery will never ask for personal information over email. If you do receive a prize notification email, it will ask you to verify contact information that is already on file.
  • The lottery does not have an overseas claim office. There are six claim centers located across the state.
  • Prizes of $100,000 or more must be claimed at NCEL headquarters in Raleigh. Players will need to present a photo ID and proof of Social Security number to claim a prize.
  • Players can only buy draw tickets online or take part in our online drawings if they are members of our players club. If someone isn’t a member and gets an e-mail saying they won, there’s a good chance it’s not authentic. If someone is a member, they can check the list of current drawings listed on Lucke-Zone.com.

Players who have questions about lottery games can call toll-free 877-962-7529. Those with a security issue can call the security hotline toll-free at 888-732-6235.

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