PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The public is being warned by the South Dakota Lottery to be on guard against a scam in which people are being asked to pay money to collect a lotto prize. Several people have notified the Lottery in recent days to say they were contacted by someone who claimed to be with the Mega Millions lotto game. Those who were the recipients of the calls say that the person told them that they had won a Mega Millions cash prize, but that they had to make a payment to claim their winnings. One individual that was contacted did pay the scammer and then contacted the South Dakota Lottery to complain that they had not received their prize. Lottery Executive Director Norm Lingle says South Dakota players should be careful and that scam operations like this one are not uncommon. Lingle says a few ways to avoid a scam include avoiding cashing or claiming a lottery ticket for someone you don’t know, never accept a collect call from a person claiming to be a lottery official and to beware of letters, email or calls offering a guaranteed prize. The South Dakota Lottery does not guarantee a prize, only a chance of winning one. Those that have been contacted as part of the current Mega Millions or any scam should report it to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-300-1986.
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