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.”
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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.