SD Lottery Warns of Powerball Scam

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Lottery officials are urging players that a scam is circulating that promises them cash prizes-if the player offers personal information.  The South Dakota Lottery says it was notified that one player had received an e-mail from someone who claimed to be with the “Powerball Company” who advised the person to provide personal information including Facebook and e-mail account passwords so they could then receive their $50,000 prize.  The person also said that a “claim fee” had to be paid before the money could be collected.  Norm Lingle, Lottery executive director, says that the lottery never makes such demands.  Lingle says in a press release that the lottery doesn’t ask a winner to pay money upfront to claim a prize and does not request personal information.  He says e-mails or Facebook messages that make such requests are scams.  Lottery prizes of $101 or more must be claimed at a Lottery office in Pierre, Rapid City or Sioux Falls through the use of an official prize claim form.  The Lottery website contains information on how to avoid such scams at

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