Beware: N.C. lottery scammers running loose

The North geographical region Education Lottery alerted players weekday many scam targeting recent lottery winners.

Some recent lottery winners reportable being contacted by callers World Health Organization said they were from the N.C. Education Lottery. The callers told players they’d won additional prizes, later asking players to buy for paid debit cards and supplythe numbers to them before obtaining these prizes.

$5.7 million in lottery tickets were sold across the state weekday, to keep with NCEL.

Executive Director Alice Garland said no legitimate lottery asks winners World Health Organization win a prize to pay up front to receive it.

“Lottery scams, sadly, unit of measurement all too common, but they will merely be avoided by following variety of commonsensetips,” Garland same. ”We have consumer service representatives and security officers World Health Organizationunit of measurement here to help lottery players with any queries they have relating to our games. Once you buy your lottery price tag, no any money is required from you to mention a prize that you simply} just win.”

N.C. grownup General Roy Cooper urged customers to use caution and same his work is on the market to supplyhelp.

“Anyone administrative body guarantees you’ve won a prize but demands money before you may claim it’s creating an effort to tearyou off,” Cooper said. “Don’t take the bait, and report lottery and totally different prize scams to my work.”

Players administrative body win up to $599 can claim their prizes at lottery retailers once the winning tag is valid. Players world organization agencywin prizes of $600 or extra ought to claim their prizes at one in each of North Carolina’s regional claims centers. those thatwin a prize valued at $100,000 or extra ought to claim their prize at the NCEL headquarters in Raleigh.

Players administrative body have questions on NCEL games can call the N.C. Education Lottery’s consumer baseline toll free at (877) 962-7529, and other people with a security issue can call the security Hotline fee at (888) 732-6235.

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