The Nebraska Lottery has set up anew website, stoplotteryscams.com,with information to identify lottery scams.
"Scam artists are always trying totake advantage of the unsuspecting, and we are regularly contacted by players whohave been approached by individuals claiming to work for the Nebraska Lotteryor other legitimate lottery organizations," said Jim Haynes, Nebraska LotteryDirector. "Our goal for this campaign is to help Nebraskans recognize a lotteryscam before they hand over any cash or financial details. Prevention is veryimportant, because it's difficult to track down the criminals after they haveyour information."
Haynes says there are fourmain points to remember if you are presented with a suspicious lottery offer:
- The Lottery would never charge you to get your prize;
- A Lottery official would never personally contact you about winning a jackpot;
- A Lottery official would never ask you for money up front; and
- There's no way to win a Lottery prize if you didn't play a Lottery game.
"Claiming a Nebraska Lottery prizeis not complicated and doesn't require a fee," said Haynes. "A third party isnot needed, and we do not contact individuals who have not entered a contest orpurchased a ticket."
Anyone who receives a questionablephone call, email or mailing, or notices a suspicious website, is encouraged tocontact Nebraska Lottery Security at 800-587-5200.
Information on claiming NebraskaLottery prizes can be found at Nebraska Lottery retailers, and on the NebraskaLottery website, nelottery.com.